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The Babe Ruth Story (1948)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 6 September 1948 (USA)
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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Sam Levene ...
Phil Conrad
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Jack Dunn
Gertrude Niesen ...
Nightclub Singer
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Stanley Clements ...
Western Union Boy
Robert Ellis ...
Babe Ruth as a Boy (as Bobby Ellis)
Lloyd Gough ...
Gambler Dalton
Matt Briggs ...
Colonel Jacob Ruppert
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Dr. Menzies
Warren Douglas ...
Boston Braves' Rookie
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Mark Koenig ...
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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Wardrobe chief Richard Bachler collected 273 uniforms representing ten major league teams to dress the various baseball-playing extras, who were culled primarily from local college teams. See more »

Goofs

While the movie is ripe with factual errors, some of the ones associated with the Yankees 1927 season are probably the worst. Home uniforms are depicted as white with pinstripes with the word "YANKEES" on the front. In fact, the home uniforms had nothing on them...only the away uniforms...in gray...carried the word "YANKEES" on the front. Mel Allen is depicted broadcasting the game where Ruth hits his 60th home run. In fact, the Yankees regular season games were not broadcast until 1939 and Mel Allen was only 14 in 1927. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Fan (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

After The Ball
(1891) (uncredited)
Written by Charles Harris (as Charles. K. Harris )
Sung by tavern patrons
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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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