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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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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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America's most beloved guy!..... His life! His times! His triumphs! 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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The scenes at Yankee Stadium were shot and filmed, just hours before a real baseball game was scheduled to take place, and Babe Ruth got up from his death bed, just long enough, to see it, while he was still alive. See more »

Goofs

When Babe goes to join the Braves in Boston, his train is being pulled by a Southern Pacific GS-4 locomotive manufactured by Lima Locomotive. This model did not enter service until 1941, several years after the scene takes place. Further, the Southern Pacific never operated within a thousand miles of New York or Boston. See more »

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Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Wait Till The Sun Shines Nellie
(1905)
Music by Harry von Tilzer
Lyrics by Andrew B. Sterling
Played in background in tavern scene
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Horrendous, could even be unintentionally funny
25 January 2006 | by (Haverhill MA) – See all my reviews

This has to be one of the worst sports films ever made, if not the worst. Babe Ruth's story was brought to the screen in a sickishly sweet manner by an actor who just didn't fit the role well.

The Goodman film, "Babe", had more historical accuracy and was light years better, but still, I'm rather surprised that no outstanding film bio about the greatest player of the greatest game has never been made.

Comments have been made about Babe Ruth himself as an actor. I have to say that Babe Ruth, in his film appearance in "Pride of The Yankees", was a considerably better and more capable actor than William Bendix.

Billy Crystal, you did a great job on "61*". It's time to step to the plate and put together a REAL film on Babe Ruth!


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