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The Babe Ruth Story (1948)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 6 September 1948 (USA)
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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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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Dr. Menzies
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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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America's most beloved guy!..... His life! His times! His triumphs! See more »

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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William Bendix's casting was controversial because of his physical dissimilarity to the Babe. In Bendix's defence, the film's producers stated that because of Ruth's illness and other considerations, he could not appear as himself, so they chose an experienced actor over an unknown look-alike in an attempt to add authenticity to the part. 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 Baseball (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

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