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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)  »

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A História de Jackie Robinson  »

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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The Negro League team Jackie Robinson actually played for was the Kansas City Monarchs (who so dominated African-American baseball they were often called the "Black Yankees"),not the fictitious "Black Panthers." See more »

Quotes

Branch Rickey, President Brooklyn Dodgers: A box score - you know a box score is really democratic, Jackie. It doesn't say how big you are or how your father voted in the last election or what church you attend. It just tells you what kind of a ballplayer you were that day.
Jackie Robinson: Well, isn't that what counts?
Branch Rickey, President Brooklyn Dodgers: It's all that ought to count, and maybe someday it's all that will count.
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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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