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That ball is GONE! It's a HOME RUNNN!
on January 26, 2000
Caught this one on AMC recently and was glad to find it available on VHS from Amazon.com. A nostalgic, b&w, early 60s "quickie" released to cash in on Maris and Mantle's 1961 assault on the Babe's home run record. It's got a lot going for it, too! A storyline right out of Leave It to Beaver, a cute kid, a gruff coach played by professional grouch Bill Frawley (Fred Mertz) and cameos by Whitey Ford and other Yankees from that era. The real attraction though are the M&M Boys: Mantle and Maris! Roger turns in his greatest screen appearance ever: his emotional range runs from his normal surliness to outright contempt for the world. Mantle, not to be upstaged, appears to be relatively sober in his scenes. Also, since the movie is fiction, he doesn't charge fans for signing an autograph! Safe at Home! was aimed, obviously, at boys 12-and-under. It's a fun film that really brings back the feeling of being a card-collecting, home run worshipping Yankee fan during the early years of Camelot.