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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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Dean White ...
Luke Appling
Gene Bearden ...
Gene Bearden
Bill Dickey ...
Bill Dickey
Mervyn Shea ...
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 <graz@gol.com>

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


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June 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Life of Monte Stratton  »

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Did You Know?


First of three movies where James Stewart and June Allyson played husband and wife. The other two were The Glenn Miller Story (1954) and Strategic Air Command (1955). 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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Spoofed in Radio Days (1987) See more »


Stompin' at the Savoy
Music by Benny Goodman, Chick Webb and Edgar M. Sampson
Played at the restaurant
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Stewart-Allyson + Baseball History = Surefire Enjoyment
30 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

James Stewart brings his patented gusto to this portrayal of real-life pitcher Monty Stratton, who lost his leg in a hunting accident, but refused to give up, wearing a prosthetic leg as he made a comeback (Stratton went on to play in the minors from 1946-53). Stewart's frequent leading lady June Allyson plays his wife, who really did help Stratton make it back. If the movie never quite scales the heights of "Pride of the Yankees," it's not for lack of trying. Old pros Stewart and Allyson lift what might have been corny and even maudlin or predictable to a high level and something we believe and care about. And they deserve extra points for playing characters who were still living (and watching). Not many can do that, and do it well. Schmaltzy but moving and perfect in its own way. (Full disclosure: I still can't get over players who would lay down a bunt with Stratton on the mound.)

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