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The Stratton Story (1949)

Passed | | Biography, Drama, Romance | June 1949 (USA)
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Star major league pitcher Monty Stratton loses a leg in a hunting accident, but becomes determined to leave the game on his own terms.

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Sam Wood

Writers:

Douglas Morrow (screenplay), Guy Trosper (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Stewart ... Monty Stratton
June Allyson ... Ethel
Frank Morgan ... Barney Wile
Agnes Moorehead ... Ma Stratton
Bill Williams ... Eddie Dibson
Bruce Cowling ... Ted Lyons
Cliff Clark ... Josh Higgins
Mary Lawrence Mary Lawrence ... Dot
Dean White Dean White ... Luke Appling
Robert Gist ... Earnie
Gene Bearden ... Gene Bearden
Bill Dickey Bill Dickey ... Bill Dickey
Jimmy Dykes ... Jimmy Dykes
Mervyn Shea Mervyn Shea ... Mervyn Shea
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The movie is about Chicago White Sox pitcher Monty Stratton (Jimmy Stewart), who in the 1930s, compiled a 37-19 won-loss record in three seasons. After he became the winningest right-hander in the American League, his major league career ended prematurely when a hunting accident in 1938 forced doctors to amputate his right leg. With a wooden leg and his wife Ethel's (June Allyson) help, Stratton made a successful minor league comeback in 1946, continuing to pitch in minor leagues throughout the rest of the 1940s and into the 1950s. Written by <graz@gol.com>

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James Stewart - June Allyson, In The True Romance of The Year


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Life of Monte Stratton See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First of three movies where James Stewart and June Allyson played husband and wife. The other two were The Glenn Miller Story (1954) and Strategic Air Command (1955). See more »

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Through the entire movie Ethel wears the same hairdo, a late 1940s fashion that obviously did not exist in the 1930s. See more »

Quotes

Monty Stratton: Look at that road! I used to do ten miles on that road like it was nothin' - just to pitch a game! Now I can hardly reach it, let alone walk on it!
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Stompin' at the Savoy
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Music by Benny Goodman, Chick Webb and Edgar M. Sampson
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"I guess I shot the wrong rabbit."
9 May 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Highly entertaining biopic about baseball pitcher Monty Stratton (Jimmy Stewart). Stratton is on his way to becoming one of the major leagues' best pitchers when he loses a leg in a hunting accident. It looks like his career is over. But with the support of his loving wife (June Allyson), Monty begins to pitch again. First of three movies that paired Stewart and Allyson. They're both terrific. Good support from Frank Morgan and Agnes Moorehead. Also some nice work from real-life baseball players like Bill Dickey and Jimmy Dykes. The baseball parts are fun to watch and contrast the old with the new. The sport is a shadow of its former self today. Anyway, this is one of those fine uplifting biopics Old Hollywood did so well. They don't make 'em like this anymore.


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