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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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Jack Dunn
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Babe Ruth as a Boy (as Bobby Ellis)
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Gambler Dalton
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Colonel Jacob Ruppert
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Dr. Menzies
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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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Here At Last ! The Babe's Own True Story ! See more »

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6 September 1948 (USA)  »

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A História de Babe Ruth  »

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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on Thursday, October 21st, 1948, with William Bendix and Charles Bickford reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

When Babe leaves the field for the last time, Phil says "that ran your home-run total to 729". Ruth hit 714 home runs in his career. However, he also hit 15 in the World Series to give him 729 lifetime home runs in both the regular season and post-season. See more »

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Referenced in The Fan (1996) See more »

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Wait Till The Sun Shines Nellie
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Music by Harry von Tilzer
Lyrics by Andrew B. Sterling
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This film is unworthy of Babe Ruth, the Man, and Baseball Champion.
2 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As has been noted already here, this film is worse than mediocre; it is ludicrous at best. Why the film was as badly scripted as it was is anybody's guess at this late date. Scenes which should have come across as poignant come across as corny. The Miller Huggins death scene is especially bad, where "Babe" is talking to him thinking he is still alive, and the nurse pulls the sheet over the face because he is already dead. The jump from his youth in the orphanage to major league baseball is disconcerting. William Bendix wasn't a great actor in the sense of a Bogart or Tracy. But, he wasn't that inept either. The production was rushed to completion before Ruth's death and one can only wonder what he must have thought of it, given the chain of contrivances. This film could have been honest and inspiring, instead it is fraudulent and vapid.


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