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The Babe Ruth Story (1948)

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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 ...
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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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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 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 Diamonds on the Silver Screen (1992) 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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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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