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The Babe Ruth Story (1948)

Passed | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 6 September 1948 (USA)
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The famed slugger is played by Bendix, who resembles Ruth slightly in looks and not at all in baseball ability. The film traces the "life and times" of Ruth, including his famous "called ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Bendix ... George Herman 'Babe' Ruth
Claire Trevor ... Claire Hodgson Ruth
Charles Bickford ... Brother Matthias
Sam Levene ... Phil Conrad
William Frawley ... Jack Dunn
Gertrude Niesen ... Nightclub Singer
Fred Lightner Fred Lightner ... Miller Huggins
Stanley Clements ... Western Union Boy
Robert Ellis ... Babe Ruth as a Boy (as Bobby Ellis)
Lloyd Gough ... Gambler Dalton
Matt Briggs ... Colonel Jacob Ruppert
Paul Cavanagh ... Dr. Menzies
Warren Douglas ... Boston Braves' Rookie
Pat Flaherty ... Bill Carrigan, Red Sox Manager
Mark Koenig Mark Koenig ... Mark Koenig


The famed slugger is played by Bendix, who resembles Ruth slightly in looks and not at all in baseball ability. The film traces the "life and times" of Ruth, including his famous "called shot" in the 1932 World Series. Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@umbc.edu>

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"That guy saved baseball!"
29 January 2017 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Schmaltzy biopic of the legendary slugger, released just a few weeks before he died. It's no "Pride of the Yankees," that's for sure. I've reviewed a lot of biographical pictures from Hollywood's Golden Age and I tend to be very forgiving of the liberties taken with the facts to tell a compelling story in a limited amount of time. But, brother, this one really pushes it. This is so cheesy and over-the-top with its attempts at sanctifying Babe Ruth. He cures two sick kids in this thing, for crying out loud. One of them was paralyzed!

William Bendix was probably as close to ideal casting for Ruth as you were going to get but the script really just plays him up as a big saintly teddy bear instead of treating him like a real person. There are also a number of clichéd characters hanging around like the fatherly priest, the chorus girl with a heart of gold, and the unflaggingly loyal friend. I should also point out that very little of the movie actually deals with the game of baseball. There's only a handful of scenes that show the game being played and most of them are just Bendix poorly imitating Ruth's pitching and hitting. It's really a pretty lazy part of the film. I won't rate it as low as many others are, and I certainly wouldn't include it on my "worst ever" list unless we're being super narrow on what that includes. It's perfectly watchable and even enjoyable at times. But it's so unbelievably corny and tired I doubt even the biggest fan of classic Hollywood or baseball will walk away loving it.

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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