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The Babe Ruth Story (1948)

Passed | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 6 September 1948 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Bob Considine (from the book), Bob Considine (screen play by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Here At Last ! The Babe's Own True Story ! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'homme le plus aimé See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Carson, Paul Douglas, Dennis Morgan and Orson Welles were considered to star as Babe Ruth. See more »

Goofs

When Babe leaves the field for the last time, Phil says "that ran your home-run total to 729". Ruth hit 714 home runs in his career. However, he also hit 15 in the World Series to give him 729 lifetime home runs in both the regular season and post-season. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Wait Till The Sun Shines Nellie
(1905)
Music by Harry von Tilzer
Lyrics by Andrew B. Sterling
Played in background in tavern scene
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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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