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Pretty good bio-pic about Jerome "Dizzy" Dean (Dan Dailey), a redneck who rose through the minors at a quick pace to end up with the St. Louis Cardinals and for a time be one of the greatest pitchers in the lead. After being injured during the All-Star game, Dizzy's career quickly fell apart and his personal life grew more issues as he was unable to accept that his career was over. It seems after the success of PRIDE OF THE YANKEES, just about every major personality in baseball eventually got their own movie and this one here has quite a few negatives but the wonderful performance by Dailey makes it worth sitting through. I think the biggest problem is that a lot of the subject matter is obviously sugar-coated as there are times where it seems Dizzy is going through some extremely dark issues with his attitude and some of his habits yet this are downplayed. I'm not sure if they were originally shown more but they decided to tone them down to be more kid friendly but it's just way too obvious at certain parts of the film. Another weak aspect is that the movie doesn't seem to know what they want to tell us about Dizzy as the film bounces around quite a bit and at times has a hard time on what part of the story it wants to focus on. With that said, there's still some very entertaining moments here including a couple very touching ones. One such moment happens when Dizzy meets a crippled man and starts up a relationship with him. Another moment happens towards the end of the picture when Dizzy gets a job as a radio broadcaster but a certain teachers group starts to complain about his language. Since he was uneducated he used a lot of words he shouldn't and this leads to a very good ending. The main reason to watch this thing is for the performance of Dailey who really takes this character and makes it his own. The way he handles the "redneck" language is very good but the biggest thing is that he brings this wonderful personality to life and really makes you feel as if you're watching the real man. He also handles the baseball scenes fairly well and in the end he's extremely memorable in the role. Joanne Dru also delivers as his wife and Richard Crenna is fun as the brother. The screenplay got an Oscar-nomination and while I didn't care for the way it handled parts of the story, there's no denying that the dialogue is terrific. The way it captures Dean's language made for some great fun and especially in the early scenes as the pitcher constantly gets ahead of himself no matter what he's doing. This certainly isn't the greatest baseball movie ever made but for fans of the sport it's a must-see thanks in large part to the main performance.
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