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Headin' Home (1920)

Not Rated | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 19 September 1920 (USA)
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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16 January 2010 | by CineanalystSee all my reviews

Never mind that this supposed biography of professional baseball player Babe Ruth is entirely fiction (a brief search of his biographical information reveals a rougher upbringing); the more aggravating problem is how it is so stupid. The film-making is visually incompetent, as is the acting, but the worst aspects are the scenario and titles. The picture is stuffed with title cards, especially for exposition at the beginning—introducing handfuls of characters we're barely going to hear from again or whom we'd be better off not having seen. Episodes such as the dogcatcher and block of ice bits entirely fail at humor. Babe carving baseball bats and the indications of romance at the town's social go nowhere. Even worse is the irritating title cards, which mimic being folksy, with their stupid slang, bad jokes and intentionally misspelled words, which I guess were supposed to be remembered narration by one of Ruth's townsmen who's seen at his game in the beginning—otherwise, I don't see why there are quotation marks around every title card. I only counted three dialogue intertitles (that is, title cards stating what the seen characters say), and they occur near the end of the movie.

Some brief footage of Ruth playing baseball might be of some documentary interest.

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