Alcoa Premiere (1961–1963)
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An old ballplayer, thrown out of baseball due to a bribery scandal, becomes friends with a young phenom. The younger player is at first tainted by his association with the oldtimer, but ... See full summary »

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Jameson Brewer (teleplay), Frank O'Rourke (novel)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Astaire ... Himself - Host
James Stewart ... Slim Conway
Jack Warden ... Commissioner
Patrick Wayne ... Bill Riley
Edgar Buchanan ... Crab Holman
Tige Andrews ... Gaby Lasalle
Stephanie Hill ... Mary Riley
Carleton Young ... Rex Short
Willis Bouchey ... Mayor
Charles Seel Charles Seel ... Judge
Bing Russell ... Hogan
Harry Carey Jr. ... Man in the Dugout
Vin Scully ... Announcer
Walter Reed ... 2nd Reporter
Sally Hughes ... Nurse
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An old ballplayer, thrown out of baseball due to a bribery scandal, becomes friends with a young phenom. The younger player is at first tainted by his association with the oldtimer, but eventually the truth about the scandal is revealed. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1962 (USA) See more »

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Avasta Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The last of the tiny handful of television segments to be directed by John Ford. See more »

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A piece of television history!
27 February 2001 | by tony-357See all my reviews

This is such a great piece of television history that has all but been forgotten. It is the only thing that John Ford ever directed for television! It is 50 minutes of fun starring Jimmy Stewart, Tige Andrews, Jack Warden and a whole list of others including a cameo by John Wayne. Fred Astaire was in it too and narrated it. Baseball legends Don Drysdale, Vin Scully and Harry Carry Jr. were also in it.

It is a fun tangential story about the famous incident in baseball history that "almost destroyed the game of baseball." One of the players who was accused of throwing a world series (Jimmy Stewart, playing Slim Conway) is banned from all baseball stadiums in America! He still loves baseball and played on a team called the wanderers who went around playing other minor league teams. He meets and befriends Bill Riley (Patrick Wayne). He likes his potential and tells the famous Gabby La Salle (Tige Andrews) to give him a chance in spring training.

Gabby is the flamboyant, once player now manager who is characterized after a famous Giants manager. The season is interrupted by the war, and gets back on track after. Find out what really happenned with one of baseball's biggest controversies as this tangential story enfolds. A great, great show


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