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The Stratton Story (1949)

Passed | | Biography, Drama, Romance | June 1949 (USA)
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Star major league pitcher Monty Stratton loses a leg in a hunting accident, but becomes determined to leave the game on his own terms.

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Sam Wood

Writers:

Douglas Morrow (screenplay), Guy Trosper (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Stewart ... Monty Stratton
June Allyson ... Ethel
Frank Morgan ... Barney Wile
Agnes Moorehead ... Ma Stratton
Bill Williams ... Eddie Dibson
Bruce Cowling ... Ted Lyons
Cliff Clark ... Josh Higgins
Mary Lawrence Mary Lawrence ... Dot
Dean White Dean White ... Luke Appling
Robert Gist ... Earnie
Gene Bearden ... Gene Bearden
Bill Dickey Bill Dickey ... Bill Dickey
Jimmy Dykes ... Jimmy Dykes
Mervyn Shea Mervyn Shea ... Mervyn Shea
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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. Written by <graz@gol.com>

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James Stewart - June Allyson, In The True Romance of The Year


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Life of Monte Stratton See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although Monty Stratton was a real baseball player who continued to play baseball after having a right-leg, above-knee amputation, much of the story was fictionalized for this film. For instance, in the hunting accident, the real Monty Stratton shot himself with a pistol, rather than with a rifle. Also, the game in which the real Monty Stratton returned to baseball after his amputation was not an All-Star game, as in the movie, but rather a 1939 charity game between the White Sox and the Cubs (the proceeds of which went to Stratton). See more »

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Stratton broke into the majors in 1934. But the movie depicts the White Sox wearing their 1936 home uniforms. See more »

Quotes

Monty Stratton: Nah, I'm through gambling. Well, I found out what it's like to lose, and what it's like to win. Why keep at it?
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Connections

Spoofed in Radio Days (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Hail to the Chief
(uncredited)
Music by James Sanderson
Played when the Washington pennant is shown
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My Father Knew Monty
1 March 2017 | by ttrryosbornSee all my reviews

I saw this movie many years ago with my father on television. He told me about his experience with Monty Stratton.

My father wanted to be a big league pitcher. He tried his luck with the White Sox in the late l930's. He only got as far as spring training before being sent down to the minors leagues. He liked to say that in the minors he made as much money as a soda jerk, but girls at parties were a lot more impressed with someone who played baseball than with some who made root beer floats.

As a rookie in spring training, My dad was too shy to walk with the veteran ball players to the field. He always walked a distance behind them.

One day, Monty Stratton turned back to him and said that if he wanted to be a big league ball player he had to walk with them.

My dad got to know Mr. Stratton very well that Spring. Years later, after WWII and marriage, my dad met Monty again at a ballgame. They talked and Mr. Stratton told him that Hollywood was going to make a movie about him.

My dad said they couldn't have picked a better man to make a film about.


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