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The Babe Ruth Story (1948)

Passed | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 6 September 1948 (USA)
The famed slugger is played by Bendix, who resembles Ruth slightly in looks and not at all in baseball ability. The film traces the "life and times" of Ruth, including his famous "called ... See full summary »

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Bob Considine (screen play by), George Callahan (screen play by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Bendix ... George Herman 'Babe' Ruth
Claire Trevor ... Claire Hodgson Ruth
Charles Bickford ... Brother Matthias
Sam Levene ... Phil Conrad
William Frawley ... Jack Dunn
Gertrude Niesen ... Nightclub Singer
Fred Lightner Fred Lightner ... Miller Huggins
Stanley Clements ... Western Union Boy
Robert Ellis ... Babe Ruth as a Boy (as Bobby Ellis)
Lloyd Gough ... Gambler Dalton
Matt Briggs ... Colonel Jacob Ruppert
Paul Cavanagh ... Dr. Menzies
Warren Douglas ... Boston Braves' Rookie
Pat Flaherty ... Bill Carrigan, Red Sox Manager
Mark Koenig Mark Koenig ... Mark Koenig
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Storyline

The famed slugger is played by Bendix, who resembles Ruth slightly in looks and not at all in baseball ability. The film traces the "life and times" of Ruth, including his famous "called shot" in the 1932 World Series. Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@umbc.edu>

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Hats off to THE BABE! The laugh-by-laugh, tear-by-tear, cheer-by-cheer story of America's most beloved guy... See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Babe Ruth Story See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Just before the start of New York Yankee home games (as of August 2018), the main scoreboard displays an image of a movie-theater marquee with the names of the Yankees and their opponents. Flanking the entrance of the theater are posters for two other attractions: The Babe Ruth Story (1948) and The Pride of the Yankees (1942). See more »

Goofs

When Babe leaves the field for the last time, Phil says "that ran your home-run total to 729". Ruth hit 714 home runs in his career. However, he also hit 15 in the World Series to give him 729 lifetime home runs in both the regular season and post-season. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Baseball (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Three O'Clock In The Morning
(1922) (uncredited)
Music by Julián Robledo
Background music
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This movie is so bad, it's good
29 January 2007 | by gambball24See all my reviews

I've seen this movie many times, since I was a little boy. By the time I was a little older, I learned more about baseball and the Babe, and realized the movie was full of exaggerations and myths, but I didn't care. An 'innocent' movie that conveniently skips out on some of the more distasteful aspects of Ruth's life (drinking, carousing, womanizing), I think it works. It's so corny, that you've gotta love it. One of my favorite parts is when Claire yells at Babe to remember about Johnny lying sick in the hospital, who will obviously die if Babe doesn't smash a homer. Amazingly, Babe hears Claire above 50,000 other screaming fans, makes incredibly outrageous gestures pointing to the centerfield bleachers, and socks the homer with a dreadful swing that would make a 6 year old girl embarrassed. How can you not love it? When the group of kids sing 'hymns' (ie take me out to the ballgame) outside his hospital window? I absolutely love this film because I take it for what it is - a fun film that tries to serve as a tribute to one of the greatest players ever.


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