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The Great American Pastime (1956)

Approved | | Comedy, Sport | 28 November 1956 (USA)
Bruce Hallerton becomes coach of the Panthers, a little league baseball team. The fact that an attractive widow has her son in the team causes problems with his wife.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tom Ewell ... Bruce Hallerton
Anne Francis ... Betty Hallerton
Ann Miller ... Mrs. Doris Patterson
Dean Jones ... Buck Rivers
Rudy Lee Rudy Lee ... Dennis Hallerton
Judson Pratt ... Ed Ryder
Raymond Bailey ... George Carruthers
Budd Knapp ... Mr. Dawson (as Wilfred Knapp)
Bob Jellison ... Mr. O'Keefe
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Bruce Hallerton becomes coach of the Panthers, a little league baseball team. The fact that an attractive widow has her son in the team causes problems with his wife. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El pasatiempo favorito See more »

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(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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References Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) See more »

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Mild, pleasant comedy from the 1950's
28 July 2003 | by biker45See all my reviews

THE GREAT AMERICAN PASTIME is a mild, pleasant comedy from 1956. Tom Ewell portrays a lawyer in small-town America who reluctantly lets himself get maneuvered into becoming the coach of a little league baseball team. His wife is portrayed by lovely Anne Francis, and the equally beautiful Ann Miller (in an atypical non-dancing role) plays a single mom whose son is on Ewell's team. Complications arise when Ewell begins to believe that Miller is making romantic overtures toward him in an effort to win him away from his wife. There are also various influential townsfolk who attempt to apply social and political pressure in the interest of making their sons the stars of the team. Raymond Bailey (familiar as banker Milburn Drysdale in "The Beverly Hillbillies" TV series) and Dean Jones (who appeared in numerous Disney films) are in supporting roles. Overall, it is a well paced, enjoyable film with a simple plot and gentle humor spread evenly through its running time. Viewing may prove a refreshing relief from the comedies being produced in the present day.


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