The movie is about Chicago White Sox pitcher Monty Stratton (Jimmy Stewart), who in the 1930s, compiled a 37-19 won-loss record in three seasons. After he became the winningest right-hander in the American League, his major league career ended prematurely when a hunting accident in 1938 forced doctors to amputate his right leg. With a wooden leg and his wife Ethel's (June Allyson) help, Stratton made a successful minor league comeback in 1946, continuing to pitch in minor leagues throughout the rest of the 1940s and into the 1950s.
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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!
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.
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.Read more ›
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Jimmy Stewart and June Allison....what more needs to be said. I had this on a VHS tape recorded from TCM so I wanted to add this to my DVD collection.Published 1 month ago by Joseph Allen
My husband and I are old movie buffs and love James Stewart movies. Recommend this heartwarming story which we love and watch it over and over again and never tire of it.Published 5 months ago by MAMA FELICE
James Stewart and June Allison again! That combination guarantees a good film. This one delivers.Published 7 months ago by Helene Cricket
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