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.
 
IMDB:
7.2
Rotten Tomatoes:
83%
PASSED
Year:
1949
106 min
28 Views

Attaboy! Come on, Monty.

Strike one.

Strike two.

Fire away, Monty.

Strike three. You're out!

- Pretty mean ball, Monty.

- Thanks, Mr. Higgins.

Well, that's it for this year.

See you next season?

Sure, I'll be here. So long.

- Nice game you pitched today, son.

- Thank you, mister.

You ever think of

pitching regular professional baseball?

I guess that's just about all

I ever do think about.

Well, what are you wasting your time

around here for?

Wasting my time?

I get $3 every time I pitch a game.

Yeah. Look, son, I think you and I

ought to have a little talk.

Well, I'd like to talk to you, mister,

but I gotta get going.

- Where are you heading?

- Home.

- Okay if I trot along?

- Sure, sure, if you like.

Say, boy, where is your home anyway?

It's about four miles up this road.

Yeah, well, can't we hitch a ride

or something?

No. It might be an hour

before a car comes along here.

Well, I can wait.

Happy.

Hi, Ma, how's my girl?

- You've been playing ball again?

- Sure have. Only gave them four hits.

Fine way for the man of the family

to be spending his time.

I had time to kill today.

Did all the chores before I left.

I still got time to pick a little cotton.

Hey, you got a nice profit in a day.

How do you do, madam?

- I guess you must be Monty's ma.

- Yeah.

- I'm Barney Wile. Monty around?

- He's out picking cotton.

You mean after sprinting 10 miles

and pitching nine innings

- he's picking cotton?

- Yeah.

He must want to play baseball awful bad.

All he thinks about is throwing a ball.

Well, I don't wonder, madam.

He can transform a baseball

into a streak of gray lightning

and curve it in

like it was weaving through traffic.

I'd say he's got a great future in baseball.

- You a baseball man?

- Yes, ma'am.

Then I'd say he's got a better future

on the farm.

Hey, hey, come here!

Oh, hi. What, did you get a lift?

Yeah. Part way.

That's quite a jaunt. I'm all fagged out.

Guess you're not in very good shape, huh?

Well, I haven't been in training

for a marathon.

You walk up there and back

every time you pitch?

Yeah.

See, the walk up

sort of gets my muscles nice and loose,

and the walk back

keeps them from tightening up.

- Works out pretty good.

- Yeah, I never thought of that.

But about your pitching,

like I was saying,

you've got a nice easy motion.

I guess you didn't walk

all the way out here

just to tell me you like the way I throw.

Of course, you're a little ragged yet.

You need some smoothing out.

But I don't think

that'll give us much trouble.

Ever play any ball?

- I've had my innings.

- Where?

Oh, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston.

I've been around.

- What, the big leagues?

- Yeah.

- What'd you play?

- Behind the bat.

- You were catcher, huh?

- Oh, I caught all the big fellows.

- Well, well...

- Oh, I know, I...

I was a fool.

A grand slam, double-barreled fool.

Breaking training and hitting the bottle,

you don't stay up there very long.

And by the time I learned my lesson,

I was out,

and it isn't so easy to get back in.

But when I saw you,

I was seeing a dream come true,

my dream of finding a hot prospect

and coming back into baseball.

Well, I sure would like to work with you.

It's still light. Do you wanna catch a few?

Maybe you haven't had enough exercise

for one day, but I have.

But we might be able

to work out tomorrow.

What, are you staying around here?

Well, not exactly.

- Oh, just passing through?

- Yeah, something like that.

I'm on my way to California.

Course, it doesn't have to be California.

I could... I might...

I could... I could help...

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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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