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The Babe Ruth Story (1948)

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 (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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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The incredible life... the spectacular thrills... the fabulous times of America's best-loved hero....... See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A História de Babe Ruth See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Roy Del Ruth Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Just before the start of New York Yankee home games (as of August 2018), the main scoreboard displays an image of a movie-theater marquee with the names of the Yankees and their opponents. Flanking the entrance of the theater are posters for two other attractions: The Babe Ruth Story (1948) and The Pride of the Yankees (1942). See more »

Goofs

The song Singing in the Rain was composed in 1931 yet the movie has Claire sing the song before Ruth and his Boston teammates at a theatrical show 13 years before it was written. See more »

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Soundtracks

After The Ball
(1891) (uncredited)
Written by Charles Harris (as Charles. K. Harris )
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Horrendous, could even be unintentionally funny
25 January 2006 | by ggjnSee all my reviews

This has to be one of the worst sports films ever made, if not the worst. Babe Ruth's story was brought to the screen in a sickishly sweet manner by an actor who just didn't fit the role well.

The Goodman film, "Babe", had more historical accuracy and was light years better, but still, I'm rather surprised that no outstanding film bio about the greatest player of the greatest game has never been made.

Comments have been made about Babe Ruth himself as an actor. I have to say that Babe Ruth, in his film appearance in "Pride of The Yankees", was a considerably better and more capable actor than William Bendix.

Billy Crystal, you did a great job on "61*". It's time to step to the plate and put together a REAL film on Babe Ruth!


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