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The Stratton Story (1944)

James Stewart , June Allyson , Sam Wood , Tex Avery  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Stewart, June Allyson, Frank Morgan, Agnes Moorehead, Bill Williams
  • Directors: Sam Wood, Tex Avery
  • Writers: Douglas Morrow, George Wells, Guy Trosper
  • Producers: Fred Quimby, Jack Cummings
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Black & White, Dubbed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
  • DVD Release Date: August 15, 2006
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,780 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Stratton Story" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Vintage featurette "Pest Control"
  • Classic Cartoon "Batty Baseball"
  • Audio-only Bonus: Radio Show with Stewart and Allyson
  • Theatrical Trailer

Editorial Reviews

James Stewart and June Allyson enjoyed one of their gee-whiz pairings in The Stratton Story, a baseball biopic with an easy swing. Stewart plays Monty Stratton, who, according to the film, is a country boy plowing the back forty when a transient scout (Frank Morgan) discovers him and hooks him up with the Chicago White Sox. Stratton has a couple of great years, only to be accidentally shot in a hunting accident, which results in his leg being amputated. If you think this is the end of the story, you might want to check the fact that The Stratton Story was one of the biggest box-office hits of 1949. The film rests on director Sam Wood's eye for outdoors American spaces--a country road, small-time baseball parks--and on the can-do chemistry of Stewart and Allyson, whose first teaming this was. (The Glenn Miller Story and Strategic Air Command would follow.) Audiences adored the lanky Stewart playing off the tiny, low-voiced, indomitably perky Allyson, even if the material is as programmed as a studio pitch meeting. Lovers of nostalgic baseball pictures won't have any problem with the cornball script (a few big-league cameos pass by, notably Bill Dickey). Agnes Moorehead is Stratton's down-home Maw, though she's mostly restricted to a backlot farmhouse. It won an Oscar for best original story, back when they gave Oscars for that. --Robert Horton

Product Description

Chicago White Sox pitcher Monty Stratton is an affable long drink of water with an easy, whiplike delivery and a pitch so unhittable the young phenom racks up consecutive 15-win seasons. But Stratton's greatest victory doesn't come on the manicured green diamonds of our national pastime. James Stewart portrays Stratton, who loses a leg in an accident just as his career is on the rise...and whose triumph over despair and disability leads him to pitch again. Stewart signed on for the role when he realized the film would be an inspiration to injured World War II GIs. The film still inspires. Awarded an Oscar?* for Best Motion Picture Story, directed by Sam Wood (The Pride of the Yankees) and supported by a top cast that includes real-life ballplayers, The Stratton Story is sports biography at its best.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stratton Story July 9, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
For Baseball Lovers and/or for those whom just enjoy Jimmy Stewart movies, you will love this movie. Stewart plays Monty Stratton, an upcoming WhiteSox pitcher who gets into an hunting accident and loses his leg. Stewart brillianty portrays the one legged man, who musters the strength and courage to go beyond his handicap and triumph against amazing odds. June Allyson excellently portrays his loving, supportive wife. Many top baseball stars of the time also participate in the movie. One of the few baseball movies that races through the entire range of human emotions with tremendous success.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Grand Slam February 6, 2000
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Here is a great movie both for those who love baseball and those who don't. The story of Monty Stratton who had just made his mark as a major league pitcher with the Chicago White Sox. He had just completed a fabulous year and was to be the Sox mainstay for years to come when an unfortuanate hunting accident resulted in the amputation of his right leg. His courage and discipline combined with the faith of his wife and family provide a marvelous and miraculous result. James Stewart is perfect for the title role. Combining a down home relaxed approach with determination he brings the portrayal alive. June Allyson (in her first of three pairings with Stewart) is excellent as the supportive wife and Agnes Moorehead plays Stratton's mother with a sense of pioneer honesty and compassion. The thing true baseball fans will appreciate most is the authenticity of both the uniforms and the ballparks. Since the movie was made in the forties the ball parks were still available as were the uniforms. Also in the movie were many big leaguers including Jimmy Dykes who managed Stratton for the Sox. All in all this movie was sensitive without being sappy and handled a tough story with genuineness and integrity.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Movies December 21, 2004
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Not your current fare of hyped up, computer generated, special effects gone wild type of film. This movie has screen legends of days gone by in a compelling true story.

I have seen most, if not all, of Jimmy Stewart's films and don't recall anything he had ever done that he wasn't believeable in. June Allyison, with that foggy voice, was only one of my boyhood sceen goddesses. What can you say about Agnes Moorehead - only one of the great character actresses of the "greatest generation!" And, you have four of 1949's professional baseball players apearing as themselves, including Bill Dickey.

A true love story that will lift all boats!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Standing Strong June 25, 2006
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The Stratton Story is a film about a baseball hero (James Stewart), a man who fought hard to go from being a farmer to a major name in pitching for the Chicago White Sox. Through his persistence and good attitude, he was able to begin an ideal life with a wife (June Allyson), to take care of the farm where his mother (Agnes Moorhead) lived, maintain his friendship with the man who got him his start (Frank Morgan), and have children. However, an accident left him without a right leg and therefore out of the game he loved.

Stewart is amazing as always, nonchalantly charismatic playing a highly respectable character with a heart of gold. Allyson is the ideal wife, strong-willed and wholesome, a treat as soon as she walks onto the screen. The two make a great team and the lovers theme "You Are My Shining Star" only serves to make the bond sweeter.

This film is a biopic, but the mood is not haughty as to seem overly important. This makes it easier to digest since it is heartfelt but not overplayed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for Jimmy fans September 7, 2005
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This is a GREAT story about a Baseball player from a small town. Even though life throws him a few curve balls he still manages to make the most of the situation. The characters are lovable, and this story is one you'll take into your heart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When the Look and Feel are Right, Corniness Doesn't Matter September 28, 2008
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If baseball is so symbolic of America that it becomes a metaphor for how we like to think we are or can be, then films that celebrate the immortals of baseball can easily tap into a well of mythic consciousness that resonates with each generation that watches them. In THE STRATTON STORY, director Sam Wood recreates a celluloid vision of grass roots America that audiences could well remember from PRIDE OF THE YANKEES. James Stewart as Monty Stratton has never been better as the small town pitcher who goes from the minors to the majors only to discover that the biggest obstacle of all is not the fearsome sluggers of Murderers Row but rather the difference between success and failure is the ability to rise above personal misfortune by sheer effort of will.

Director Wood splits screen time between country scenes of dusty roads and Texas farmhouses with baseball parks, all of which are populated by the good folks that we see in any painting by Norman Rockwell. Stewart as Stratton does far more than aw-shuck his way through a role that in the hands of a lesser might have emerged as little more than a bumpkin stereotype. As Stratton struggles to rise in the hierarchy of baseball and slowly connects with June Allyson as Ethel, we can see that despite some serious obstacles in the way, we have no doubt that he will succeed. Indeed, we find that as Stallone later could do as Rocky, we pull for him from the very first reel where Frank Morgan first sees him in some out of the way ball field and just knows that he is destined for greatness. For a movie that is grounded in baseball, most of the really interesting parts occur off the field. We can identify with the cast in a manner that is rare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great old movie
Published 1 month ago by Rudi Weber
5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy baseball fans
Love movie
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Curiel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great story
Published 2 months ago by J. Edsall
Published 3 months ago by thomas c dobeck
5.0 out of 5 stars Baseball and more!
Compelling story of love and courage. The leads have great chemistry. Inspiring tale based on true story. Gotta love Jimmy Stewart.
Published 4 months ago by HappilyMarried
5.0 out of 5 stars I Liked it
Saw This Movie when I was a little kid of some 7 years old Baseball was my game. I never forgot the courage Jimmy Stuart brought forth and how it influenced this life to allow that... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kenneth Bendickson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stratton Story
DVD in great condition. The actors were well selected. James Stewart
and June Allison are a perfect pair. Great Story.
Published 6 months ago by Veronica Alexander
3.0 out of 5 stars Sports fanatics a must see
Second purchase of this movie, first copy misslayed. this movie and pride of the Yankees favourites along with, Jim Thorpe these also lost. Had to have copies for frequent viewing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Carlos
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
The copy was in good condition; it was received promptly. The story is timeless and suitable for all ages. Older viewers will enjoy the stars.
Published 12 months ago by Sam Grubbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stewart classic...
Good family flick; has something for all, the baseball fan, the romantic, the underdog lovers, and it even has a life lesson to never give up.
Published 14 months ago by Michael J Waldron
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