Game scenes in Sportsman's Park, in which Dizzy Dean pitches as a Cardinal, clearly show light towers in the background and the shadows of stadium lights on the field. Sportsman's Park did not have lights until 1940, three years after Dean's last game with the Cardinals. See more »
"Much of the plot line is reasonably close to the facts of Dizzy Dean's life..."
"Pride of St. Louis" is aptly named, as like "Pride of the Yankees", the film was written by the great screenwriter, Herman Mankiewicz. However, despite this, I kept questioning throughout the film how much of this was fact and how much was fancy. Well, according to Wikipedia, which I quote above, it is REASONABLY close to the facts! In other words, it's kind of his life...kind of not! This, along with the odd casting of 37 year-old Dan Dailey (who looked older, incidentally) took me out of the film and led me to believe I was watching a lot of fiction!
Now doing a film about the career of Jerome 'Dizzy' Dean is a bit unusual because the man only had five good years in the major leagues until he was injured and apparently washed up. The same was true of his brother, Paul 'Daffy' Dean...though his career was even shorter. Overall, it's an enjoyable film but if you want to learn about the real Dean, you might want to keep looking elsewhere.
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