The Stratton Story

The Stratton Story

Director: Sam Wood Cast: James Stewart, June Allyson, Frank Morgan

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Overview

Both Van Johnson and Gregory Peck were considered for the role of baseball star Monty Stratton in the 1949 biopic The Stratton Story before settling upon the real Stratton's own first choice, James Stewart. The film covers several years in the 1930s, as Texas farm boy Stratton rises from the minors to the Chicago White Sox. Along the way, Monty marries an Omaha gal named Ethel (June Allyson), who gives him a son. In November 1938, Monty accidentally shoots himself in the leg while on a hunting excursion. When the leg has to be amputated, it looks as though Stratton's pitching career is over. He broods over his bad luck for months before snapping out of his self-pity and learning to walk with his new prosthesis. To prove to himself that he's overcome his handicap, Monty takes a job pitching with the Southern All-Stars. His return to baseball is rough sledding (the other team persistently bunts balls out of his reach), but Monty Stratton is finally able to make a successful comeback. Only occasionally playing fast and loose with the facts (the time-frame of Stratton's real-life return to baseball is telescoped by several years), The Stratton Story was one of the best and most profitable baseball pictures ever turned out by Hollywood. Fans of the game will get an extra kick from the presence in the cast of big-leaguers Bill Dickey and Jimmy Dykes.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2018
UPC: 0888574771447
Original Release: 1949
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:46:00
Sales rank: 25,181

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Stewart Monty Stratton
June Allyson Ethel Stratton
Frank Morgan Barney Wile
Agnes Moorehead Ma Stratton
Bill Williams Gene Watson
Bruce Cowling Ted Lyons
Cliff Clark Higgins
Mary Lawrence Dot
Dean White Luke Appling
Robert Gist Larnie
Eugene Bearden Western All-Stars Pitcher
Bill Dickey Himself
Jimmy Dykes Himself
William H. Bassett Stratton Baby
Mitchell Lewis Conductor
Gene Persson Boy
Charles B. Smith Theater Usher
Robert Graham Actor
Fred Somers Giants Manager
Jessie Arnold People in Theater
Polly Bailey Person in Theatre
William Norton Bailey Person in Theatre
Vangie Beilby Person in Theatre
Pat Flaherty Western Manager
Lee Tung Foo Waiter
Holmes Herbert Doctor
John Kerr Yankee Coach
Florence Lake Mrs. Appling
Alphonse Martell Headwaiter
George H. Melford Person in Theatre
Fred Millican All-Star Catcher
Anne Nagel Mrs. Piet
George Ovey Person in Theatre
Jack Powell Umpire
Mabel Smaney Person in Theatre
Cy Stevens Person in Theatre
Kenneth Tobey Detroit Player
James Nolan Reporter
Michael Ross Pitcher
Sid Saylor Person in Theatre
Barbara Woodell Mrs. Shea

Technical Credits
Sam Wood Director
Jack Cummings Producer
Jack Dawn Makeup
Adolph Deutsch Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Paul Groesse Art Director
Ralph S. Hurst Set Decoration/Design
Ben Lewis Editor
Douglas Morrow Screenwriter
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Harold Hal Rosson Cinematographer
Douglas Shearer Sound/Sound Designer
Sid Sidman Asst. Director
Guy Troper Screenwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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The Stratton Story 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This film has a wonderfully, endearing, and sad story about Monty Stratton. Jimmy Stewart and June Allyson were a perfect couple in this film which led to two more collaborations between the legends. One of the more challenging roles for Stewart as he had to learn the Monty Stratton delivery and pitches as well as learning to walk with no knee. Great film!