MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,456 this week

The Babe Ruth Story (1948)

5.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.5/10 from 672 users  
Reviews: 22 user | 2 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (book), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Live Chat with Keanu Reeves

We conducted a Live Chat with Keanu about his upcoming film John Wick.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 102 titles
created 26 Jul 2011
 
a list of 2695 titles
created 14 Dec 2011
 
a list of 320 titles
created 29 Apr 2012
 
a list of 100 titles
created 13 Sep 2012
 
a list of 36 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Babe Ruth Story (1948)

The Babe Ruth Story (1948) on IMDb 5.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Babe Ruth Story.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

John Blandish is worth $100 million. His heiress daughter is soon to be wed to Foster Harvey, who believes she's a cold, unfeeling woman, despite loving her. Her cold emotional state is in ... See full summary »

Director: St. John Legh Clowes
Stars: Jack La Rue, Hugh McDermott, Linden Travers
Babe Ruth (TV Movie 1998)
Documentary | Biography | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Stars: Liev Schreiber, Babe Ruth, Jean Shepherd
Wired (1989)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

The ghost of John Belushi looks back on his troubled life and career, while journalist Bob Woodward researches Belushi's life as he prepares to write a book about the late comic actor.

Director: Larry Peerce
Stars: Michael Chiklis, Ray Sharkey, J.T. Walsh
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A homeless New Yorker moves into a mansion and along the way he gathers friends to live in the house with him. Before he knows it, he is living with the actual home owners.

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Don DeFore, Ann Harding, Charles Ruggles
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Biography of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player in the 20th century. Traces his career in the negro leagues and the major leagues.

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Jackie Robinson, Ruby Dee, Minor Watson
Drama | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The playboy son of a wealthy shipping magnate discovers at first hand the desperate privations suffered by the crew of one of his fathers ships when he is unwillingly pressganged aboard.

Director: John Farrow
Stars: Alan Ladd, Brian Donlevy, William Bendix
Certificate: Passed Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Bob Gordon is staging a new Broadway Show, but he is short of money. He gets an offer of money by the young widow Lilian, if she can dance in his new show. Bert Keeler, a paper man, gets ... See full summary »

Directors: Roy Del Ruth, W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Jack Benny, Eleanor Powell, Robert Taylor
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Mr. and Mrs. Maitland invite Whitey to their home on a trial basis. Whitey tries to visit a friend in reform school and inmate Flip is hiding in car as Whitey leaves. Flip steals money and ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Bobs Watson
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Ex-baseball player Bill Johnson (William Bendix'), failing at many jobs when his ball-playing days are over, reluctantly takes the advice of his father-in-law, Jonah Evans (Ray Collins), a ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: William Bendix, Una Merkel, Ray Collins
Babe Ruth (TV Movie 1991)
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A film based on the home-run legend's life.

Director: Mark Tinker
Stars: Stephen Lang, Brian Doyle-Murray, Donald Moffat
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Algy, Bulldog Drummond's right-hand-man, is getting married. Bulldog attends; on the way home, in the fog, he enters the (apparently deserted) mansion of Prince Achmed in search of a phone.... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Ronald Colman, Loretta Young, C. Aubrey Smith
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Broadway star Valerie Stanton, breaking up with her producer-lover Gordon Dunning, unintentionally kills him. In flashback, she recalls meeting new flame Michael Morrell, and Dunning's ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Gage
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Leo Genn, Claire Trevor
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Brother Matthias
Sam Levene ...
Phil Conrad
...
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
...
Mark Koenig ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Hats off to THE BABE! The laugh-by-laugh, tear-by-tear, cheer-by-cheer story of America's most beloved guy... See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

Approved
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 September 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A História de Babe Ruth  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

William Bendix actually hit a ball over the right field fence, (he was the first actor to do so). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: At Long Last Love (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Nobody's Baby
(1921) (uncredited)
Written by Milton Ager
Sung by Gertrude Niesen in nightclub scene
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

this movie about The Babe strikes out.
15 July 2003 | by (st. louis) – See all my reviews

In Claire Hodgeson Ruth's fascinating book, "The Babe and I," about her famous husband, she is openly critical of the biopic, "The Babe Ruth Story." The film, according The Babe's widow, was rushed into production and on to the public in mid-1948, while Babe was still alive, although he was less than three months from death. It's easier to exploit a live man's life than a dead one's, Mrs. Ruth suggests. That's a primary reason why the production and everything associated with it was hurried. In the book, she also stated that she would forgo all royalties from the film's showings...if it were to be permanently shelved. It wasn't...but should have been. In fact, it never should have been done, if speed, indeed, were the primary motivation.

Babe Ruth was the greatest American sports hero ever...including those who followed him during the second half of the twentieth century. Babe deserved a much grander---and accurate---portrayal than this '48 laugher.

There were only two positive elements to the story..and both involved casting. Claire Trevor as the Babe's second wife, Claire, and Charles Bickford as Brother Matthias, were excellent choices. But selecting comic William Bendix for the title role was more than a case of poor casting; it was one that completely undermined both the film and its title character.

Through Bendix's portrayal, audiences see the "Sultan of Swat" as a buffoonish character. Someone who belongs in a cartoon. Not that Bendix didn't try his best. But he was miserably mis-cast. Mrs. Ruth, in her book, stated that she would like to have seen Paul Douglas portray her husband. Not only was Douglas an excellent actor, she said, but he had been an athlete in his youth. He easily could have handled the baseball scenes.

The whole tone of "The Babe Ruth Ruth" story was embarrassingly melodramatic. Again, The Babe deserved much better.

Haste makes waste, the saying goes. It certainly is true here.


12 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Johnny Grant -Honorary Mayor of Hollywood VICAR
The designated hitter nelson95
William Bendix aloha498
Discuss The Babe Ruth Story (1948) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?