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The Fireball [VHS]


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  • Actors: Mickey Rooney, Pat O'Brien, Beverly Tyler, James Brown, Ralph Dumke
  • Directors: Tay Garnett
  • Writers: Tay Garnett, Horace McCoy
  • Producers: Bert E. Friedlob
  • Format: Black & White, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: September 1, 1998
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303982956
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,151 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Johnny is an orphan with big dreams. He escapes the orphanage, and with the help of Mary, becomes a roller skating champ. Once he's famous, all the girls want him, and Johnny's only too happy to give them what they want. But only one girl has ever loved him - Mary. It will take a personal tragedy for Johnny to see the error of his ways.

Customer Reviews

There were some funny spots like the guy that was roller dancing.
j lee
When an actor can make you either Love or hate a character, they are better, then just good actors.
C. W. Smith
I enjoyed this film in my youth and I also enjoyed it in my later years.
Donald F Fulmer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bob Chester on April 15, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I am responding to the review by Donna. My name is Bob Chester and I have information reguarding the movie Fireball. My father, Mickey Chester, was a teammate of the person in which the movie was made about. Johnny Gazar was who the movie was about, and my father showed Mickey Rooney how to skate in the 30's at the skatebowl behind Gramons Chinese Rest. If you want more information, drop me and email. I have pictures of the team members. Thanks for your interest, I had been looking for people who were interested in this for years. Thank you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leland D. Petty on November 17, 2014
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
A quaint 1950s movie about a kid (Mickey Rooney) that is destined for bad times ahead. Eventually, he gets himself together and finds a hobby, of sorts. He finds a pair of roller skates and begins to like them. He enlists the help of local "skating teachers" at a nearby skating rink. He's not too sure at first, but in time he learns and enters a skating rink race. He gets good, so good that he tries to out due the current champion and gets a big head in the process.
I liked this movie as a whole and I think he did a great job with the script he was given. You will also see a young Marilyn Monroe, in her 8th movie appearance. She had a few lines and looked ravishing "stealing" every scene she was in. If you like Mickey Rooney, Marilyn Monroe and black and white movies, than this one is for you.
Sidenote ~ if you have a DVD/VCR recorder, this will dupe to DVD a perfect copy! You will not have to pay for a DVD, you can make one that looks good on your own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Jackson on April 6, 2014
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Based on a true story The Fireball is a real treat for those who fondly remember the hokey melodrama of the banked track that was roller derby. Mickey Rooney shines as a self important hot shot that burns up the tracks and adds drama to the game. He is sometimes his own worst enemy but the thing you have to admire most about the character is that he never quits. No matter what life seems to throw at him Mickey finds away to overcome it. He is often brash and abrasively rude but you can't help wanting to see him succeed. When he finally skates his way to the top, alienating everyone ever close to him in the process, he is struck down by crippling polio. But he is unstoppable! He struggles his way back to the banked track and, we trust, acquires a bit more humble view of himself and life. Marylin Monroe has a small part.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Burr Middleton on September 26, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This film shows the talent and energy that Mickey Rooney has displayed for many decades. At the time that it was produced, Rooney's career was somewhere "in the middle," and he was fighting to regain his top star status. As Mickey has proven time and again, "you can't keep a good man down," and he rises to the very apex of success with his performance in this motion picture. At one time, I was his greatest fan, and even changed my first name to "Mickey" during my teenage years. Having been a professional actor for fifty-five years, I realize how much I learned from The Mighty Mick just by viewing his films on television. "The Fireball" is one of his finest. Don't miss this one! ... BURR MIDDLETON (Formerly child actor Mickey Hoyle).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donna Hall on July 12, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Anyone who is able to get there hands on this fantastic Movie showing the comedy and energy that we all love so much in Mickey Rooney. Who ever taught him to skate must have been a pro. This movie is differant than the other movies that I have loved thourgh the years with our guy Micky.
If anyone knows who else was involved in the movie i.e. the technical work etc. and The Skate Instructor Please let us know. More people need to know about this wonderful adventure of a movie.
Enjoy
Donna
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By j lee on June 18, 2014
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This movie was great to watch again. I remembered it from the fifties when it appeared on TV. There were some funny spots like the guy that was roller dancing. Micky, I am sure, did some tongue in cheek acting here and there. The premise was a bit corny but that gives this movie a feeling of being more real than today's bill o fare of overused cgi. My wife liked it also and she generally doe's not like b and w movies especially old b and w movies. You won't find this one on you tube, someone owns the rights, so buy it and have a good time watching it while eating some pop corn while watching a bit of corn.
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By Phoenix on August 22, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This was based in a true story about a man who because of this incident became a member of the San Francisco community that worked unselfishly for sports, community and people in general. Though that came later it was nice to see the formative years of him done so well. For those who do not know roller derby the final scene where the rookie is helped by Mickey Rooney was played as an extra by the soon to be Legend of Roller Derby Charlie O'Connell as Omar. This is a real nostalgia film and enjoyable by all ages.
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