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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.

Director:

Sam Wood

Writers:

Douglas Morrow (screenplay), Guy Trosper (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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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 Cliff Clark ... Josh Higgins
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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Storyline

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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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 »

Goofs

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: Boy, I took so many dancing lessons through the season, it's a wonder I've even got strength enough to pitch.
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Connections

Featured in The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Stompin' at the Savoy
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Music by Benny Goodman, Chick Webb and Edgar M. Sampson
Played at the restaurant
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Uplifting with each viewing
28 February 2014 | by jarrodmcdonald-1See all my reviews

Supposedly Jimmy Stewart did not really want to do this film. However, he changed his mind when it was pointed out to him by the bosses at MGM that it would inspire veterans of World War II who had limited mobility. One inspirational scene that occurs is the one where he and his son walk together for the first time. It is complemented nicely by June Allyson who is exceptional and perfectly cast as Stewart's wife (this was the first of three films they made together).

The supporting roles are worth noting, too. Agnes Moorhead refrains from chewing the scenery, in a performance that is very understated as the mother. And this is another film where Frank Morgan plays a paternal role to one of Stewart's characters. Morgan seems very lively in this offering. The game scenes are equally lively, and the film continues to remain uplifting with each viewing.


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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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