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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Minor Watson ...
Jackie's Mother
Richard Lane ...
Harry Shannon ...
Frank Shaughnessy
William 'Bill' Spaulding ...
Bill Spaulding (as Bill Spaulding)
Billy Wayne ...
Joel Fluellen ...
Mack Robinson
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 <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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Release Date:

12 June 1953 (Australia)  »

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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Did You Know?


Dick Williams, the Hall of Fame manager of the "Impossible Dream" Boston Red Sox, appeared in this film as the pitcher and the second baseman for Jersey City in Jackie's first game with the Montreal Royals. See more »


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 »


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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That's the real Jackie
14 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I grew up at a time after Jackie played so I couldn't experience Jackie enough because he died before his time, This film is a chance to see and hear a very important man. This film makes the man more real to me. It's not so much for entertainment as it is for posterity. How many other films will you find with the real Jackie Robinson in it? The quality of the film is secondary to having a visual account of such an important man. The baseball sequences are reenacted but that is Jackie swinging at the ball and running the bases. I could care less if the film was good or not. Direction, editing, even acting are of little consequence. For the record, it's not great but it's okay.

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