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The Babe Ruth Story (1948)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  6 September 1948 (USA)
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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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Stanley Clements ...
Western Union Boy
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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
Paul Cavanagh ...
Dr. Menzies
Warren Douglas ...
Boston Braves' rookie
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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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A História de Babe Ruth  »

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Trivia

William Bendix had been a bat boy at Yankee Stadium during the early 1920s, and had personally seen Babe Ruth hit over 100 home runs. Bendix was fired from his job after fulfilling Ruth's request for an order of 15 hot dogs and sodas before a game. After consuming the huge order, Ruth developed gastritis, and was unable to play that day, resulting in a Yankee loss. 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 Cinema Snob: At Long Last Love (2014) See more »

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Take Me Out To The Ball Game
(1908) (uncredited)
Music by Albert von Tilzer
Lyrics by Jack Norworth
Featured throughout the film
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A well made movie vs. a baseball movie
27 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK, so it wasn't a great movie by performance standards; maybe judged differently by baseball standards.

Ruth's prominent years came in the 1920's, right after the Black Sox scandal of 1919 (brought to light in 1920). It's widely accepted that he changed the game and probably saved it.

About 2 months before his death, Babe Ruth was given a "day" at Yankee Stadium. He could barely speak to the enormous crowd who had gathered to bid farewell to a man they loved. Maybe little kids didn't gather outside his hospital room to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame", but the prevailing feeling is that they could have.

More than an other American activity, baseball bonds generations. My dad and I spent hours watching and discussing the game; then my kids and I. Now my grandchildren and I do the same. The "Babe Ruth Story" might have been poorly scripted and acted, but it affected me emotionally when I was 10, and still does today.

The movie has many flaws, but still has lots of love to give.


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