The Stratton Story (1949)

Passed  |   |  Biography, Drama, Romance  |  June 1949 (USA)
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Star major league pitcher Monty Stratton loses a leg in a hunting accident, but becomes determined to leave the game on his own terms.



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Complete credited cast:
Barney Wile
Ma Stratton
Eddie Dibson
Bruce Cowling ...
Ted Lyons
Cliff Clark ...
Josh Higgins
Mary Lawrence ...
Dean White ...
Luke Appling
Robert Gist ...
Gene Bearden ...
Bill Dickey ...
Jimmy Dykes ...
Mervyn Shea ...


The movie is about Chicago White Sox pitcher Monty Stratton (Jimmy Stewart), who in the 1930s, compiled a 37-19 won-loss record in three seasons. After he became the winningest right-hander in the American League, his major league career ended prematurely when a hunting accident in 1938 forced doctors to amputate his right leg. With a wooden leg and his wife Ethel's (June Allyson) help, Stratton made a successful minor league comeback in 1946, continuing to pitch in minor leagues throughout the rest of the 1940s and into the 1950s. Written by <>

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James Stewart - June Allyson, In The True Romance of The Year


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Release Date:

June 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Life of Monte Stratton  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producers first considered Van Johnson and Gregory Peck for the role of Monty Stratton before finally settling on James Stewart, who was the first choice of the real Monty Stratton. See more »


Stratton broke into the majors in 1934. But the movie depicts the White Sox wearing their 1936 home uniforms. See more »


Monty Stratton: Honey, do you know there's a tailor in Chicago that gives a suit of clothes away to any ballplayer that hits the scoreboard in center field? As of yesterday the New York Yankees are the best dressed team in baseball.
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You Are My Lucky Star
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Played when Monty drops Ethel off at home
Played often throughout the picture
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Before Hollywood took to making "feel good" movies, this is what they made
5 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before Hollywood took to making "feel good" movies, this is what they made: apparently simple stories that were intelligently and not at all simply written, performed by actors who knew how to act so well that, if you don't pay attention, you think they are just "being themselves," whereas they are actually building characters, a little piece at a time.

Yes, James Stewart is the star of this picture, and for very good reason. His Stratton is not a country rube. He's a young man with certain ideas, certain goals, and certain ideals. He's not perfect, and Stewart and his director, Sam Wood - who directed such a variety of masterpieces as the Marx Brothers' A Night at the Opera, Goodbye Mr. Chips (one of my favorite movies), and For Whom the Bell Tolls - do not sugarcoat that part of his character. Stewart builds a very complete, human individual from a lot of small details. He also looks like a real baseball pitcher on the mound, which amazed me.

Allyson is not one of my favorite actresses, but she is good here, if not at Stewart's level. She doesn't seem cute - nothing like Meg Ryan at her worst, say. She, too, seems real. And when she has to play catch, she doesn't throw like a girl, which is pretty impressive!

You don't have to know a thing about baseball to enjoy this movie, since it actually has very little to do with baseball. It's the story of a fundamentally good man who is badly mistreated by fate, but who rises above that, eventually, not because he is a goody two-shoes, but because he has certain very fundamental values that he will not abandon.

It's not surprising that this movie won the Oscar for best script. The story seems simple, and it is, but it is developed in a very careful, very intelligent way.

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