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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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Sam Levene ...
Phil Conrad
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Jack Dunn
Gertrude Niesen ...
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Stanley Clements ...
Western Union Boy
Robert Ellis ...
Babe Ruth as a Boy (as Bobby Ellis)
Lloyd Gough ...
Gambler Dalton
Matt Briggs ...
Colonel Jacob Ruppert
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Dr. Menzies
Warren Douglas ...
Boston Braves' Rookie
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Mark Koenig ...
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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Hats off to THE BABE! The laugh-by-laugh, tear-by-tear, cheer-by-cheer story of America's most beloved guy... See more »

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The film was rushed for release while Babe Ruth himself was still alive, which is why the movie ended the way it did. George Herman Ruth attended the movie's premiere on Monday, July 26th, 1948. He died 21 days later on Monday, August 16th, 1948, 3 weeks before the theatrical release date on Monday, September 6th, 1948. See more »

Goofs

While the movie is ripe with factual errors, some of the ones associated with the Yankees 1927 season are probably the worst. Home uniforms are depicted as white with pinstripes with the word "YANKEES" on the front. In fact, the home uniforms had nothing on them...only the away uniforms...in gray...carried the word "YANKEES" on the front. Mel Allen is depicted broadcasting the game where Ruth hits his 60th home run. In fact, the Yankees regular season games were not broadcast until 1939 and Mel Allen was only 14 in 1927. See more »

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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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