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Headin' Home (1920)

The "true story" of baseball great Babe Ruth; Ruth plays himself.


Lawrence C. Windom (as Lawrence Windom)


Arthur 'Bugs' Baer (titles), Earle Browne (story)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Babe Ruth ... Babe (as George Herman 'Babe' Ruth)
Ruth Taylor Ruth Taylor ... Mildred Tobin
William Sheer William Sheer ... Harry Knight
Margaret Seddon Margaret Seddon ... Babe's Mother
Frances Victory Frances Victory ... Pigtails
James A. Marcus ... Simon Tobin
Ralf Harolde ... John Tobin (as Ralph Harolds)
Charles Byer Charles Byer ... David Talmadge (as Charles Burt)
George Halpin George Halpin ... Doc Hedges / The Constable / Dog Catcher
William J. Gross William J. Gross ... Eliar Lott
Walter Lawrence Walter Lawrence ... Tony Marino
Ann Brody ... Mrs. Tony Marino (as Anne Brodie)
Ricca Allen ... Almira Worters
Sammy Blum Sammy Blum ... Jimbo Jones (as Sam Blum)
Ethel Kerwin Ethel Kerwin ... Kitty Wilson


Fictional story of a country boy who can't get the hang of playing baseball and is the butt of jokes in his small town. But one day he gets mad and knocks a towering home run. Suddenly he is off and running to fame in the big leagues. When he returns to his home town, everyone sees that he is the same loveable fellow he was before. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Release Date:

19 September 1920 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Haverstraw, New York, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Babe Ruth received $25,000 for this, his first film. The sum was a large amount for the time, and Ruth refused to cash his paycheck and carried it around to show to friends. By the time Ruth had decided to cash his check for the film, the check bounced because of the film's poor box office results. Ruth shrugged off his loss and kept the check as a memento. See more »


Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »

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Foul Ball!
8 October 2007 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Babe Ruth (as Babe) helps his foster sister Frances Victory (as Pigtails) get her dog Herman out of the Dog Pound, where he is brought for having no flea license or tail lights. Mr. Ruth is heels over head in love with Ruth Taylor (as Mildred Tobin). Professionally, he wants to be a baseball player. He loves baseball more than eating. Eventually, he'll become accomplished at both. Pitcher William Sheer (as Harry Knight) is an embezzler. James A. Marcus and Ralf Harolde impress as father and son Tobin. This film is very silly.

Babe Ruth fans must have known this was all hogwash in 1920, so it's difficult to ascertain the film's point… possibly, this was a proposed film about a baseball player; after Ruth signed on, the story was probably tailored for the famous baseball star. Certainly, people knew, for example, of Ruth's longer history with the Red Sox. It's interesting to see Babe Ruth as he looked back then, but the film isn't very good, and the better performances are by some of Ruth's supporting cast.

*** Headin' Home (1920) Lawrence C. Windom ~ Babe Ruth, Ruth Taylor, William Sheer

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