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The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 12 June 1953 (Australia)
Biography of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player in the 20th century. Traces his career in the negro leagues and the major leagues.

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Biography of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player in the 20th century. Traces his career in the negro leagues and the major leagues. Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@umbc.edu>

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You'll HIT With Him! You'll RUN With Him! You'll SLIDE With Him!

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A História de Jackie Robinson  »

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Roy Glenn seen here in the uncredited role of Mr. Gaines, the Florida attorney, was very well known for a later role in a pivotal movie about race, the classic Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967). See more »

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Harry Shannon's character is listed as "Charlie" in the end credits cast of characters. However, he plays the role of "Frank Shaughnessy", President of the International League. See more »

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Narrator: This is the story of a boy and his dream. But more than that, it is the story of an American boy and dream that is truly an American.
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Featured in Cavalcade of Stars: Episode #1.47 (1950) See more »

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Biopic Deserves More Attention
22 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY is a slightly formulaic, but nonetheless solid, biopic that really deserves more attention that it receives. Robinson stars as himself, the first African American to break through pro baseball's color barrier. It's by no means an easy task as he confronts a society that is far from united in wanting to see this groundbreaking endeavor succeed.

The film is to be credited for not shying away from the racial tension of the time. Robinson endures racial slurs, unyielding boos, the indignity of sitting at the back of the bus, and so on. It's both shocking and infuriating to be reminded of how bigoted and unreasonable society was just a few decades ago. In many ways Robinson's is a heartbreaking story, even though we know it has a happy ending.

Robinson won't be mistaken for an Academy Award winner, but his performance is decent. He proves to be a highly likable screen presence, portraying the sort of gentleman that by many accounts he was in real life. Some of his supporting cast is stiff, but by and large the performances work.

Surely this important story will again one day be given the big screen treatment. And whoever gets behind the camera for that effort will have a solid foundation to which to refer in THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY.


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