The Winning Team

The Winning Team

Doris Day
Director: Lewis Seiler Cast: Doris Day
Doris Day
, Ronald Wilson Reagan
Ronald Wilson Reagan
, Frank Lovejoy
Frank Lovejoy
Lewis Seiler

DVD (Subtitled / Full Frame)

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Ronald Reagan delivers one of his best screen performances as baseball great Grover Cleveland Alexander in The Winning Team. The title refers to the mutually supportive relationship between Alexander and his loving wife Aimee (top-billed Doris Day); with this in mind, is it any surprise that the real Aimee Alexander served as the film's technical advisor. While the basic milestones of Alexander's career are adhered to, the film is a typical Hollywood blend of fact and fancy-plenty of fancy. While playing in the minors, Alexander is is hit on the heat by a batted ball, resulting in the dizziness and double vision that would ever after plague him. After toting up a record of 28 wins with the Philadelphia Phillies, Alex is traded to the Cubs, but World War 1 intervenes. On the battlefield, Alex suffers a recurrence of his double vision; and when he plays his first postwar game with the Cubs, he collapses on the field. Warned that his seizures will persist if he doesn't retire, Alex swears the doctor to secrecy. When the dizzy spells continue, Alex turns to drink. Branded an "alky," he descends to the depths of a House of David-style team, thence to the humiliation of carnival side shows. With the help and support of both Aimee and his old pal Rogers Hornsby (Frank Lovejoy), Alex stages a spectacular comeback, striking out Yankee Tony Lazzeri during the 1926 World Series and leading his team to victory. The script rearranges the chronology of Alexander's life, suggests incorrectly that the Lazzeri strikeout was the last play in the deciding Series game, and-most amusingly-depicts the unloveable Rogers Hornsby as a 100 % sweetheart. Otherwise, The Winning Team provides an excellent showcase for Ronald Reagan-though in later years he expressed some reservations about the script, noting that, by adhering to Warner Bros' insistence that the word "epilepsy" never be spoken, the picture confused audiences as to the true nature of Alexander's affliction.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/11/2017
UPC: 0888574513504
Original Release: 1952
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 34,664

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Doris Day Aimee Alexander
Ronald Reagan Grover Cleveland Alexander
Frank Lovejoy Rogers Hornsby
Eve Miller Margaret
James Millican Bill Killefer
Russ Tamblyn Willie Alexander
Gordon Jones Glasheen
Hugh Sanders McCarthy
Frank Ferguson Sam Arrants
Walter S. Baldwin Pa Alexander
Dorothy Adams Ma Alexander
Bonnie Kay Eddie Sister
Fred Millican Catcher
Pat Flaherty Bill Klem
Tom Greenway Foreman
Larry Blake Detective
Frank Marlowe Taxi Driver
Kenneth Patterson Dr. Conant
Henry Blair Bat Boy
Gordon B. Clark Pianist
Russ Clark Umpire
Jimmie Dodd Fred
Alan Foster Customer
John Hedloe Reporter
Thomas Brown Henry Lecturer
John Kennedy Announcer
Alex Sharp 1st Baseman
Glen Turnbull Actor
Frank McFarland Johnson

Technical Credits
Lewis Seiler Director
Douglas Bacon Art Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
David Buttolph Score Composer
Alan Crosland Editor
Bryan Foy Producer
Merwin Gerard Original Story
Sidney Hickox Cinematographer
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
William L. Kuehl Set Decoration/Design
Seeleg Lester Screenwriter
Leah Rhodes Costumes/Costume Designer
Ted Sherdeman Screenwriter

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