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Ted Sherdeman (screenplay) and
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The true story of Grover Cleveland Alexander! See more »
Plot:
Poor health and alcoholism force Grover Cleveland Alexander out of baseball, but through his wife's faithful efforts, he gets a chance for a comeback and redemption. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Average Biographical Film See more (16 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Doris Day ... Aimee Alexander

Ronald Reagan ... Grover Cleveland Alexander
Frank Lovejoy ... Rogers Hornsby
Eve Miller ... Margaret Killefer
James Millican ... Bill Killefer

Russ Tamblyn ... Willie Alexander (as Rusty Tamblyn)

Gordon Jones ... George Glasheen
Hugh Sanders ... Joe McCarthy

Frank Ferguson ... Sam Arrants
Walter Baldwin ... Pa Alexander

Dorothy Adams ... Ma Alexander
Bob Lemon ... Jesse 'Pop' Haines
Jerry Priddy ... Ballplayer
Peanuts Lowery ... Ballplayer (as Peanuts Lowrey)
George Metkovich ... Ballplayer
Irv Noren ... Ballplayer (as Irving Noren)
Hank Sauer ... Ballplayer
Al Zarilla ... Ballplayer
Gene Mauch ... Ballplayer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Lauter ... Eddie Collins (replaced by Lee Roberts) (scenes deleted)
Sam Bagley ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Frank Baker ... Fan Outside Stadium (uncredited)
Richard Bartell ... Johnny - Bartender (uncredited)
Rodney Bell ... Reporter (uncredited)
John Beradino ... Sherdel, Cardinals Player (uncredited)
Henry Blair ... Batboy (uncredited)
Larry J. Blake ... Detective Blake (uncredited)
Ward Brant ... Fan (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... McNamee's Assistant (uncredited)
Morgan Brown ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Jack Carr ... Angry Fan (uncredited)
Jess Cavin ... Central City Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Dick Cherney ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Russ Clark ... Umpire (uncredited)
Gordon B. Clarke ... Pianist in Speakeasy (uncredited)
Paul Cristo ... Clerk (uncredited)
Tom Daley ... Reporter (uncredited)
Steve Darrell ... Doan, Manager of House of David Baseball Team (uncredited)
Jimmie Dodd ... Fred (uncredited)
Tom Dugan ... Cigar Stand Owner (uncredited)
Bonnie Kay Eddy ... Grover's Sister (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... Listener (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Bill Klem - Umpire (uncredited)
Alan Foster ... Customer (uncredited)
Ralph Gamble ... Announcer (uncredited)
Lou Gehrig ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Art Gilmore ... Radio Sports Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Tom Greenway ... Telephone Lineman Foreman (uncredited)
Herman Hack ... Townsman (uncredited)
Signe Hack ... Townswoman (uncredited)
John Hedloe ... Reporter (uncredited)
Thomas Browne Henry ... Carlson Carlton, Lecturer (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Tex Holden ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Jimmie Horan ... Townsman (uncredited)
Charles Horvath ... Telephone Lineman (uncredited)
Art Howard ... Listener (uncredited)
Dick Johnstone ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
William Kalvino ... Batter (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
John Kennedy ... Announcer (uncredited)
Jack Kenney ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Yankee Fan (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Bill Lovett ... Townsman (uncredited)
Dayton Lummis ... Graham McNamee (uncredited)
Herbert Lytton ... Opthamologist (uncredited)
Louis Manley ... Fire Eater (uncredited)
Mickey Mantle ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Kathy Marlowe ... Box Office Dame (uncredited)
Mathew McCue ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Frank McFarland ... Johnson (uncredited)
Joe McGuinn ... Doorman (uncredited)
Fred Millican ... Central City Catcher (uncredited)
King Mojave ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Leslie K. O'Pace ... Speakeasy Doorman (uncredited)
Robert Orrell ... Catcher (uncredited)
Artie Ortego ... Central City Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Arthur Page ... Preacher (uncredited)
Paul Panzer ... Central City Fan (uncredited)
Kenneth Patterson ... Dr. Johnson Conant (uncredited)
Joe Ploski ... Storekeeper (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Soldier (uncredited)
Allan Ray ... Reporter (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Fan (uncredited)
Lee Roberts ... Eddie Collins (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ... Fan Outside Stadium (uncredited)

Babe Ruth ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dick Ryan ... Midway Barker (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Carnival Sideshow Barker (uncredited)
Alex Sharp ... First Baseman (uncredited)
George Sherwood ... Rival Manager (uncredited)
Bill Slack ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Clarence Straight ... Sarcastic Reporter (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Cop (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Listener (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Glen Turnbull ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Umpire (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Charles 'Red' Doonin, Philadelphia Nationals Manager (uncredited)
Jack Wilson ... Trainer (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Central City Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Allen Wood ... Usher (uncredited)
Pinky Woods ... Batter (uncredited)

Directed by
Lewis Seiler 
 
Writing credits
Ted Sherdeman (screenplay) and
Seeleg Lester (screenplay) &
Merwin Gerard (screenplay)

Seeleg Lester (story) and
Merwin Gerard (story)

Produced by
Bryan Foy .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Buttolph 
 
Cinematography by
Sidney Hickox  (as Sid Hickox)
 
Film Editing by
Alan Crosland Jr. 
 
Art Direction by
Douglas Bacon 
 
Set Decoration by
William L. Kuehl  (as William Kuehl)
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Al Alleborn .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Stanley Jones .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Hans F. Koenekamp .... special effects (as H.F. Koenekamp)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leah Rhodes .... wardrobe
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (as Maurice de Packh)
 
Other crew
Aimee Alexander .... technical advisor (as Mrs. Grover Cleveland Alexander)
Emory Horger .... dialogue director (as Emory Hoerger)
Jerry Priddy .... technical advisor
Arnold 'Jigger' Statz .... technical advisor (as Arnold Statz)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
98 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | USA:Approved (certificate #15757)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to TMC Ronald Reagan had lobbied hard to play the title role in "The Stratton Story" but Warner Bothers didn't want to take a chance on a baseball film and passed on the project. After "The Stratton Story" became a huge hit they picked up the Grover Cleveland Alexander story about another ball player who made a comeback after being forced from professional baseball.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: The fans are shown giving a loud, enthusiastic standing ovation to Alexander for his pitching heroics in the 1926 World Series. However, the games that Alexander won in the 1926 World Series were played in Yankee Stadium, meaning that the fans were rooting for the Yankees, not the Cardinals. The fans were stunned when Babe Ruth was caught stealing at second to end the Series - not just because of the way it ended, but because their team had lost to a team it had been heavily favored to beat.See more »
Quotes:
Sideshow heckler:How does it feel to be livin' off the fleas?
Grover Cleveland Alexander:Well, it's better than havin' 'em live offa me.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Diamonds on the Silver Screen (1992) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Lucky DaySee more »

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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Average Biographical Film, 8 December 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

This is an average and generally somewhat interesting film biography of baseball pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander, whose life does provide plenty of material for a movie. Although the portrait of Alexander is somewhat stylized, it is relatively straightforward in bringing out the less admirable events in his life. Overall, it follows the usual formulas for such films, with a reasonable degree of success.

Ronald Reagan gives a solid if unspectacular performance as Alexander, with Doris Day as his wife giving it a little more energy. The supporting cast is decent, with Frank Lovejoy probably getting the best opportunities as Rogers Hornsby, although the character takes some noticeable liberties with the Hornsby of baseball history. There are also numerous other factual inaccuracies about the players, stadiums, and so forth. In this respect, it's somewhat interesting as a contrast to many recent biographical movies.

Recent movies sometimes make better efforts to get the minor details right, but then they often distort the larger picture to promote a pet view of history or of a historical character. Older biographies like "The Winning Team" might be more likely to change factual details to fit a dramatic story, but less likely to distort the broader view of events.

Regardless of all that, this is a reasonable picture, without many significant strengths or flaws. It's probably mostly of interest to baseball fans or to those curious to see Reagan's role.

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