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The Kid from Cleveland (1949)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Sport | 5 September 1949 (USA)
Baseball team (the Cleveland Indians) helps a troubled teenaged fan.

Director:

Herbert Kline

Writers:

John Bright (screenplay), Herbert Kline (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Brent ... Mike Jackson
Lynn Bari ... Katherine Jackson
Russ Tamblyn ... Johnny Barrows (as Rusty Tamblyn)
Tommy Cook ... Dan Hudson
Ann Doran ... Emily Novak
Louis Jean Heydt ... Carl Novak
K. Elmo Lowe K. Elmo Lowe ... Dave Joyce
John Beradino ... Mac
Bill Veeck Bill Veeck ... Bill Veeck - Cleveland Indians Owner and President
Lou Boudreau Lou Boudreau ... Lou Boudreau - Cleveland Indians Player
Tris Speaker Tris Speaker ... Tris Speaker - Cleveland Indians Coach
Hank Greenberg Hank Greenberg ... Hank Greenberg - Cleveland Indians Player
Bob Feller Bob Feller ... Bob Feller - Cleveland Indians Player
Gene Bearden ... Gene Bearden- Cleveland Indians Player Pitcher
Leroy 'Satchel' Paige Leroy 'Satchel' Paige ... 'Satchel' Paige - Cleveland Indians Player Pitcher (as Satchell Paige)
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Teen baseball fan Johnny Barrows sneaks into the baseball stadium of the Cleveland Indians, then playing in the 1948 World Series; claiming to be an orphan, he befriends team members & broadcaster Mike Jackson. But it develops that Johnny has a troubled home life with his mother and stepfather, and is involved in juvenile crime. His 'better side' shows only when he runs away to visit the team again. Can Mike and the Indians (playing themselves) wrest Johnny away from bad influences? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The story of...a kid...a city...and 30 Godfathers!

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Action | Drama | Sport

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Trivia

There were eleven future Major League Baseball Hall of Famers in this movie. Those credited include Bill Veeck, Bob Feller, Bob Lemon, Satchel Paige, Tris Speaker, Hank Greenberg, Lou Boudreau, Joe Gordon and Larry Doby. Uncredited Hall of Famers include Bill McKechnie and Early Wynn. See more »

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Al Rosen (II) and members of the Boston Braves team in the archive footage are credited orally by the announcer. See more »

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For baseball fans a must
1 April 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Young Russ Tamblyn gets his first big break as a baseball crazy kid from Cleveland who is a devoted fan of the new World Series winners from 1948 the Cleveland Indians. Russ is having a lot of home issues with mother Ann Doran and stepfather Louis Jean Heydt and comes under the influence of street punk Tommy Cook.

However a counter influence develops when he sneaks into Municipal Stadium and meets up with manager/shortstop Lou Boudreau, owner Bill Veeck, Hank Greenberg who was now retired as a player and working in the Indians front office for Veeck and their team announcer George Brent.

It's Brent who takes an interest in the kid and takes him home to meet his wife Lynn Bari and their two daughters. Tamblyn has to make some critical life choices and we can only hope as viewers he does the right thing.

The movie itself is a decent and well played film about juvenile delinquency as seen in 1949 eyes. But it is a nice look back at the baseball scene of the time. Footage of the 1948 series and some regular season games are nicely integrated into the plot. The World Series film also gives us a chance to look at Braves Field which is no more in Boston as a big league ballpark. With the stands now down, the field serves as the playing ground for the Boston College team.

Such baseball Hall Of Famers like Greenberg, Boudreau, Tris Speaker, Bob Feller, Larry Doby, Joe Gordon and Satchel Paige do a fine job in playing themselves along with the other Indian ballplayers of the era. Come to think of it Bill Veeck is also in the Hall of Fame and I'm sure this film was part of his promotion which in the game of baseball was second to none.

The Kid From Cleveland is a decent enough family film, but for baseball fans especially from the Cleveland area, it's an absolute must.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los indios de Cleveland See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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