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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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Claire Hodgson Ruth
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Brother Matthias
Sam Levene ...
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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The incredible life... the spectacular thrills... the fabulous times of America's best-loved hero....... See more »

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6 September 1948 (USA)  »

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A História de Babe Ruth  »

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Babe Ruth, lost his life, on Monday, August 16th, 1948, 3 weeks before the theatrical release date of Monday, September 6th, 1948 and 3 weeks after seeing the original premiere, on Monday, July 26th, 1948. See more »

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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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Referenced in Baseball (1994) See more »

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After The Ball
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A little better now -- should be re-made
2 February 2007 | by (Tulsa OK) – See all my reviews

Some have rightly criticized this movie as being a glossed-over, fictionalized, lower-budget presentation of Babe Ruth, while "The Pride of the Yankees" afforded teammate Gehrig a big-budget, A-list-cast project.

However, both were off the proverbial "mark." Gehrig was not quite the totally-affable individual Gary Cooper portrayed, and his mother not quite the "Aunt Bea" type shown.

Babe Ruth was a larger-than-life persona, bawdy, irreverent, and a national icon which, in more recent times, have only seen perhaps Muhammed Ali and Michael Jordan afforded anything close to the equal amount of acclaim. And one must always remember these two have had the benefit of television, including dozens of cable/satellite venues, and far greater electronic and print media than Ruth ever knew.

There is an interesting film clip I've seen many times. Ruth (who batted third) is rounding third base and going to home plate after hitting a home run, while Gehrig (waiting to bat fourth), has his back completely turned, ignoring him, much less shaking his hand. These two were not on speaking terms for significant amounts of time while teammates - far different from the tone of either of their biographies.

This is quite a fictionalized movie, however, few biopics of this era - sports or otherwise - weren't. But it should be noted that Ruth, now well past a half century since his tragic illness and death, and much further beyond his prime - still has led "Athlete of the Century" and similar lists, with only fore-mentioned Ali and Jordan (along with Jim Thorpe) as close contenders.

I, for one, would like to see a film which would present both Ruth and Gehrig, in a realistic style, made today. Dennis Quaid, after putting on a few pounds, and a little padding and makeup, could portray Ruth. He's left-handed, and can portray a baseball athlete (ala "The Rookie," playing a role of a character a decade younger than he), with Costner as Gehrig. Kevin also can handle a bat and ball (Gary Cooper, playing Gehrig, had the baseball talent of a 12-year-old, and the film had to be shown in-reverse to make him appear left-handed. While Costner is right-handed, his athleticism and better techniques today could overcome this).

They are a little longer-in-tooth now (who isn't?), but both are in excellent shape, look younger than they are, and modern techniques and makeup should be able to overcome any problems of their playing "younger."

Personally, I think a first-class film with two major stars, playing Ruth and Gehrig, in a story presenting the harder edges of their personalities, relationship, family lives, etc. - as well as all the positive aspects we've seen before - could be an amazing flick.

Finally, this film is a lot better now, not because its story or presentation have improved - but for its nostalgic view of 1940's film, and the baseball locations and scenes as they were then.


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