The Pride Of St. Louis

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20th Century Fox Released 1952

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Director:
Harmon Jones
Released:
1952
Rating:
R
The Pride of St. Louis chronicles the life of Major League Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Jerome Herman "Dizzy" Dean (Dan Dailey), who attained super star status with the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1930s, leading the 1934 "Gashouse Gang" St. Louis world series championship team with his brother Paul (Richard Crenna). Unfortunately, Dizzy's career was cut short when a broken toe in the 1937 All-Star Game forced him to change his pitching position. He lost his fastball and St. Louis sold his contract to the Chicago Cubs, where he stayed until he retired in 1941. But the love of the game would lure Dizzy back to St. Louis, where he was still a beloved sports figure, and find him in a broadcasting booth, calling baseball for the Cardinals. In the fictionalized account of his life, Dizzy embraces his country bumpkin persona and outrages English teachers with his improper grammar, including such Dean-isms as, "He shouldn't hadn't ought-a swang!" When the local teachers band together to have him removed from the airways for his bad grammar, Dizzy must defend his sincerity to keep his honor and his job. The 1952 film directed by Harmon Jones was nominated for an Academy Award for best writing.moreless
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