The Stratton Story

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Sam Wood
Production: Warner Home Video
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

You ever do any farm work?

Oh, I've, I...

You look kind of flabby.

Oh, son, I've got muscles

I haven't even used yet.

- You meet my mother?

- Yeah.

- I struck out.

- That figured.


I guess this is what us baseball men

would call a squeeze play.


May I offer my compliments,

Mrs. Stratton.

This was a meal fit for kings.

And this pie.

Nothing like the pie Mother used to make.

Is that so?

- My mother couldn't boil water.

- You don't say.

Mr. Wile here, he's sort of looking around

for something to do.

I thought maybe he could

sort of hole up here for the winter

and help out around the place.

You know as well as I do, Monty,

we can't afford no hired hand.

Oh, well, he wouldn't expect any pay.

Just room and keep.

I didn't realize you were so overworked

you needed help.

Oh, no, it's not that, Ma.

It's just that a lot of things need doing

Mr. Wile could be mighty handy with.

There's fixing that fence down

at the pig pen,

and fixing the roof on the chicken coop,

pulling those stumps down by the creek.

Ma, we'd get this place in real fine shape.

When your papa died,

he left this place to you, Monty.

You're the man of the house.

If you want Mr. Wile around,

I ain't gonna raise a fuss.

You ought to be old enough

to know what you're doing.


say, you know,

somehow I feel sort of tired.

I can't imagine why.

What do you say we turn in, Barney?

- Good night, Mother.

- Good night.

Good night, ma'am, and thank you.

This farm's all Monty's got, Mr. Wile,

but it's worth something.

The land always is, if you look after it.

But you and Monty,

you go ahead and talk baseball,

and maybe someday

he'll do as good as you did.

Now, wait a minute, son. Wait a minute.

When you swing back,

you pivot around like this.

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Douglas Morrow

Douglas Morrow (September 13, 1913 – September 9, 1994) was a Hollywood screenwriter and film producer. He earned an Academy Award for his script for 1949's The Stratton Story, a biography of baseball player Monty Stratton, who was disabled in a hunting accident. Morrow died of an aneurysm in 1994. Morrow's other films included Jim Thorpe - All-American (1951) and Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. He also wrote for a number of television series. more…

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