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All of the kids make fun of little Roogie Rigsby. But then he is all of a sudden blessed with a powerful arm thanks to the "spirit" of deceased ex-ballplayer Red O'Malley, an old beau of his grandmother's. He winds up pitching for the Brooklyn Dodgers with a bump on his arm that is the source of all his power. Kind of a 50's version of Rookie of the Year. Members of the current (at the time) Dodgers appear as themselves including Roy Campanella, Billy Loes, Russ Meyer and Carl Erskine. Campy is bowled over by one of Roogie's pitches too. Plus, at the movie's end, he kicks a football clean over the Brooklyn Bridge. Definitely for the kiddies.
I had an experience similar to the reviewer above. I saw the movie as a
boy around the time it was released and loved it. I've always
remembered certain scenes, such as the boy flying from the mound to
home plate after forgetting to release the ball. In another scene, when
the boy first learns he has acquired a special power and a 120 mph
fastball, he heaves a rock across a river that hits a tower a mile
away. In retrospect, I'd infer that the movie visualized fantasy in a
way that engaged a young boy's mind -- at least it did in 1954, before
computer graphics took our visual expectations to a whole new level.
What I could not recall was the title, which finally came to me when I was chatting with another film buff who remembered it as Roogie's Bump. As far as I'm aware, the original is impossible to find and has never been shown on television. Unfortunately, the 1993 remake by Daniel Stern, released as 'Rookie of the Year', was almost too dreadful to watch.
I saw this movie back in the mid 60's when I was a kid. At that time I
thought this was the coolest movie I had ever seen. Of course by todays
standards it wouldn't begin to compare. It was in black and white and
had few to no special effects. It was cool however because the kid in
the movie, Roogie, could have been any kid in the world, including me.
That just drew me into the movie and the rest was magic.
For years I often wondered what the name of this movie was. Then one evening, Sylvestor Stallone was on a late night talk show and mentioned this movie as one of his favorites. He described it exactly how I had remembered it, and gave it's name. Even though I now know the name of the movie I still haven't been able to find the movie in any stores.
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