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The famed slugger is played by Bendix, who resembles Ruth slightly in looks and not at all in baseball ability. The film traces the "life and times" of Ruth, including his famous "called ... See full summary »

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Brother Matthias
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Phil Conrad
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Jack Dunn
Gertrude Niesen ...
Nightclub Singer
Fred Lightner ...
Stanley Clements ...
Western Union Boy
Robert Ellis ...
Babe Ruth as a Boy (as Bobby Ellis)
Lloyd Gough ...
Gambler Dalton
Matt Briggs ...
Colonel Jacob Ruppert
Paul Cavanagh ...
Dr. Menzies
Warren Douglas ...
Boston Braves' rookie
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Mark Koenig ...
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The famed slugger is played by Bendix, who resembles Ruth slightly in looks and not at all in baseball ability. The film traces the "life and times" of Ruth, including his famous "called shot" in the 1932 World Series. Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@umbc.edu>

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Hats off to THE BABE! The laugh-by-laugh, tear-by-tear, cheer-by-cheer story of America's most beloved guy... See more »

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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6 September 1948 (USA)  »

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A História de Babe Ruth  »

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Trivia

Lee Miller's first film. See more »

Goofs

In the movie, Johnny Sylvester is depicted as living in and being visited by the Babe in Gary, Indiana. However, Babe Ruth visited Johnny Sylvester at his home in Essex Fells, NJ. See more »

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Spoofed in SCTV: Lust for Paint (1977) See more »

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Singin' in the Rain
(uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Performed by William Bendix and cast in a night club scene
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This movie is so bad, it's good
29 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've seen this movie many times, since I was a little boy. By the time I was a little older, I learned more about baseball and the Babe, and realized the movie was full of exaggerations and myths, but I didn't care. An 'innocent' movie that conveniently skips out on some of the more distasteful aspects of Ruth's life (drinking, carousing, womanizing), I think it works. It's so corny, that you've gotta love it. One of my favorite parts is when Claire yells at Babe to remember about Johnny lying sick in the hospital, who will obviously die if Babe doesn't smash a homer. Amazingly, Babe hears Claire above 50,000 other screaming fans, makes incredibly outrageous gestures pointing to the centerfield bleachers, and socks the homer with a dreadful swing that would make a 6 year old girl embarrassed. How can you not love it? When the group of kids sing 'hymns' (ie take me out to the ballgame) outside his hospital window? I absolutely love this film because I take it for what it is - a fun film that tries to serve as a tribute to one of the greatest players ever.


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