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


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 <>

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


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Release Date:

16 May 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A História de Jackie Robinson  »

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(RCA Sound System)


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1.37 : 1
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Certificate No.14466. See more »


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


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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Sometimes Athletes Can Be True Heroes.
10 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A wonderful film that acts as a homage to Jackie Robinson (played by himself). The early life of the first black Major League baseball player is shown in a way that makes the picture wholesome and appropriate for all audiences. Ruby Dee is perfect as Robinson's loving wife who stands behind her husband when it seems that no one else will. "The Jackie Robinson Story" was made in 1950 so the social issues and the intense prejudices that Robinson faced are only given a minute glimpse. I have been wanting a movie to be made that goes into greater detail about this individual's life as Robinson was just as important to Civil Rights as people who fought vehemently for equality in the 1960s. The integration of baseball is something that most never believed would happen before 1947 and many forget just how important a piece of American history that is. Not the best film ever made, in fact it is not even great for its time period. I still like and respect the production for what it is though. 4 stars out of 5.

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