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The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 12 June 1953 (Australia)
Biography of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player in the 20th century. Traces his career in the negro leagues and the major leagues.

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Jackie's Mother
Richard Lane ...
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Frank Shaughnessy
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Shorty
William 'Bill' Spaulding ...
Bill Spaulding (as Bill Spaulding)
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Mack Robinson
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Larry McGrath ...
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Biography of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player in the 20th century. Traces his career in the negro leagues and the major leagues. Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@umbc.edu>

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You'll HIT With Him! You'll RUN With Him! You'll SLIDE With Him!

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A História de Jackie Robinson  »

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Roy Glenn seen here in the uncredited role of Mr. Gaines, the Florida attorney, was very well known for a later role in a pivotal movie about race, the classic Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967). See more »

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Late 1940's cars can clearly be seen in the 1928 scenes. See more »

Quotes

Reporter: Coach, do you think the public will accept a colored second baseman?
Clay Hopper: [pauses] Let's wait to see if I do.
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Referenced in Girl 6 (1996) See more »

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Done on the cheap, but good nonetheless
24 June 2005 | by (Humboldt County, Calif.) – See all my reviews

This has to be one of the most cheaply made movies I have ever seen. But it is a good movie anyway, well worth a few bucks to rent and an hour and fifteen minutes of couch time. Jackie Robinson does a decent job as an actor. Hollywood should remake this film because today it can be told with more truth than back in 1950. A remake would be able to graphically detail just what Robinson had to put up with to break the color barrier in baseball. The only thing that really bothered me about this film is that it made a hero out of Branch Rickey. Maybe Rickey deserves such status for seeing it through with Robinson, but I don't think his motives were as altruistic as portrayed in this movie.


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