The Stratton Story
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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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"Mr. Stewart gives such a winning performance that it is almost impossible to imagine anyone else playing the role of the Chicago White Sox pitcher whose bright future was suddenly and tragically darkened by adversity in 1938."
‑ Thomas M. Pryor, New York Times
"Amidst a script that starts, stalls and plods along, Stewart is an inspiration who could probably tell 'Yo Mamma jokes to the Brady clan and Partridge family and still be their best friend."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"This inspiring picture about a man who wouldn't give up (and who acted as the film's technical advisor) also features appearances by the Yankee great Bill Dickey and pitcher Gene Bearden as themselves."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"...is sweet and uplifting, not a little corny, but helped immensely by Stewart's easygoing, soft-spoken appeal."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"As directed by Same Wood, this sports biopic is too earnest and too concerned with being inspirational, but Jimmy Stewart is good."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The inspirational true story of Chicago White Sox pitcher Monty Stratton."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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