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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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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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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 »

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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

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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Featured in Cavalcade of Stars: Episode #1.47 (1950) See more »

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The Jackie Robinson Story gives the title star his own inspirational movie
11 February 2011 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Continuing to review African-Americans in film in chronological order for Black History Month, we're now at 1950 when the first black to play baseball in the major leagues, Jackie Robinson, stars in his own life story in a motion picture made three years after becoming a player in the Brooklyn Dodgers. Since he's basically playing himself, he doesn't need scenes that challenge him, just recite lines that I'm sure were written in a way to make things easy to remember. We're not meant to be impressed by his acting, anyway, but his athleticism whether catching balls, throwing them, or especially hitting them. No, the real acting challenge came to Minor Watson who-as the actual President of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey-has to present authority and conviction as someone who truly believes in baseball as the democratic sport meant to give fair chances to all Americans of all races and creeds, which was convincing enough to me. So on that note, The Jackie Robinson Story was an inspirational enough movie that can still touch some heartstrings, old-fashioned though some of it may be. P.S. Since it is Black History Month, I'd like to note some of the supporting performers that happen to be people of color: first off, there's Ruby Dee as Jackie's wife, Rae, in one of her earliest roles. Then there's Louise Beavers, who I last saw in the 1934 Imitation of Life back in 2008 when I last did similar reviews for BHM, as Jackie's mother. Both are adequate enough in their parts. The others-Bernie Hamilton as Ernie-a player for the Panthers, Mildred Boyd as a roommate of Rae, Howard Louis MacNeely playing Jackie as a boy, and Kenny Washington as the Tigers manager. He was previously a halfback for the Los Angeles Rams. Two more worth mentioning: Roy Glenn as attorney Mr. Gaines. He would later appear in "Amos 'n' Andy", Carmen Jones, and "The Jack Benny Program" among other movies and TV shows for the next 21 years. And, last but not least, Joel Fluellen as Jackie's older brother Mack. He was born in Monroe in my home state of Louisiana.


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