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The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)

 -  Biography | Drama | Sport  -  16 May 1950 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Robinson ...
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Minor Watson ...
Louise Beavers ...
Jackie's Mother
Richard Lane ...
Harry Shannon ...
Frank Shaughnessy
Ben Lessy ...
Shorty
William 'Bill' Spaulding ...
Bill Spaulding (as Bill Spaulding)
Billy Wayne ...
Joel Fluellen ...
Mack Robinson
Bernie Hamilton ...
Ernie
Kenny Washington ...
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Karpen
Larry McGrath ...
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Emmett Smith ...
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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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16 May 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A História de Jackie Robinson  »

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1.37 : 1
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The first, last, and only feature film appearance of Jackie Robinson. Robinson made several television appearances through the years, mostly in broadcast baseball games and talk shows, but this was his one and only feature film, and really the only time he was called on to "act." See more »

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

Quotes

Branch Rickey, President Brooklyn Dodgers: We're tackling something big here, Jackie. If we fail, no one will try it again for twenty years. But if we succeed...
Clyde Sukeforth, Dodger Scout: If we succeed, Brooklyn will win a pennant.
Branch Rickey, President Brooklyn Dodgers: Yes, that too. But we're dealing with rights here. The right of any American to play baseball, the American game. You think he's our boy, Clyde?
Clyde Sukeforth, Dodger Scout: Well, he can run, he can hit, and he can field.
Branch Rickey, President Brooklyn Dodgers: But can he take it?
Clyde Sukeforth, Dodger Scout: That I don't know.
Branch Rickey, President Brooklyn Dodgers: What do you think, Jackie?
Jackie Robinson: Well, I can try.
Branch Rickey, President Brooklyn Dodgers: Think you've got guts enough to play the game no matter what...
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Historic baseball film
22 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sure, many can criticize this film for what it didn't show, but it's a movie, not a mini-series. So, they had to gloss over the fact that his brother Mack (Joel Fluellen), with a college education and an Olympic medal was a milkman; didn't touch on the Army at all; and left out Satchel Paige.

What was worth watching was Robinson'e play for UCLA and branch Rickey's (Minor Watson) valiant efforts to get him into major league baseball. It is no secret that I love watching baseball movies From Fever Pitch to The Natural to "A League of their own;" I'll watch baseball movies over baseball games. This was a good one. Robinson did a very good acting job playing himself. Of course, as Ringo Starr said, "All I have to do is smile and act naturally." Well, he did much more that that.

So, head on over to the Internet Archive and check it our: http://www.archive.org/details/Jackie_Robinson_Story_The


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