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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 »
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Alex the Great 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)
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)
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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1.37 : 1 See more »
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:
The opening credits show Grover Cleveland Alexander's plaque at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. It is accurate in all respects except one: it shows Ronald Reagan's likeness instead of the real Grover Cleveland Alexander.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The film shows shows the first batter in Game 1 of the 1926 World Series striking out on three pitches-- the first two as a left-handed batter and the third as a right-handed batter.See more »
Quotes:
Aimee Alexander:Don't you understand, Rog? It isn't enough that I believe in him. Baseball's got to brlieve in him too!
Rogers Hornsby:What can I do to help Alex?
Aimee Alexander:Please give him back his life, Rog!
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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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26 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Alex the Great, 6 October 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In filming the life story of Grover Cleveland Alexander, Warner Brothers made it a story of redemption when in fact it was a story of tragedy. But 1952 movie audiences wanted their happy endings.

Grover Cleveland Alexander (1887-1950) was possibly the greatest right handed pitcher in National League history. He played for 3 teams, the Phillies, Cubs, and Cardinals and compiled 373 lifetime victories over a 20 year period.

While still in the bush leagues Alexander sustained a serious head injury when a ball struck him right between the eyes while he was a base runner. He had double vision and headaches for a year. During World War I while an artillery officer the noise of exploding shells compounded a seemingly healed injury with a complication of epilepsy. To anesthetize himself, Alexander took to drinking some of that Prohibition whiskey and became an alcoholic.

After leaving baseball in 1930 for the next twenty years, Alexander drifted to all kinds of menial jobs, occasionally making headlines with some alcohol related incident. One positive headline was his election to the Hall of Fame in the second round of elections. He was on hand for the dedication of the building in Cooperstown.

In 1950 Alex was on hand as the Phillies won their second National League Pennant. Alex was the star of the first pennant winning team in 1915. A month later he was found dead in a cheap rooming house.

That unfortunately is the sad truth of the real Grover Cleveland Alexander. This is not the film you will see.

Ronald Reagan is just fine and actually comes close to the character of the real Alexander who was a genial and kind man with a terrible drinking problem. This was the final film Reagan made while at Warner Brothers.

Doris Day in her second film with Reagan plays Amy Arrants Alexander, his loyal, faithful wife. In her memoirs Doris wrote that during the shooting she and Reagan had a few dates and she remembers him best as a good man who was quite a dancer when they went out. This film also qualifies as a musical for in the beginning Doris has a Christmas number, Old St. Nicholas, and Reagan joins her for the last two bars. Ronald Reagan actually did sing in one of his films.

Today Hollywood would have no problem filming the real story which was quite a love story. Amy Alexander married Alex 3 times and divorced him twice, both those divorces an effort to give him a wake up call.

But the widow Alexander was an adviser on the film and she got the film made to show the public the husband she wanted them to remember.

And baseball fans the world over remember Grover Cleveland Alexander as a great baseball pitcher and a decent and patriotic man whose service to his country caused him a lifetime of triumph and tragedy trying to control the pain in his brain. It's a good legacy that doesn't need any embellishment from Hollywood.

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