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The Stratton Story
Director: Sam Wood, Tex Avery
Screenplay: Douglas Morrow, Guy Trosper
Producer: Fred Quimby, Jack Cummings
Cast: James Stewart, June Allyson, Pinto Colvig, Wally Maher, Frank Morgan
Genre: Animation

Running Time: 102
Aspect Ratio:  1.33:1 (NTSC )
Sound: Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Studio:  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) DVD Region:  1 Unrated
DVD Release:  Aug 2006 Discs:  1 (DVD) [$19.98]
Reviews:  James Stewart and June Allyson enjoyed one of their gee-whiz pairings in "The Stratton Story", a baseball biopic with an easy swing. Stewart plays Monty Stratton, who, according to the film, is a country boy plowing the back forty when a transient scout (Frank Morgan) discovers him and hooks him up with the Chicago White Sox. Stratton has a couple of great years, only to be accidentally shot in a hunting accident, which results in his leg being amputated. If you think this is the end of the story, you might want to check the fact that "The Stratton Story" was one of the biggest box-office hits of 1949. The film rests on director Sam Wood's eye for outdoors American spaces--a country road, small-time baseball parks--and on the can-do chemistry of Stewart and Allyson, whose first teaming this was. ("The Glenn Miller Story" and "Strategic Air Command" would follow.) Audiences adored the lanky Stewart playing off the tiny, low-voiced, indomitably perky Allyson, even if the material is as programmed as a studio pitch meeting. Lovers of nostalgic baseball pictures won't have any problem with the cornball script (a few big-league cameos pass by, notably Bill Dickey). Agnes Moorehead is Stratton's down-home Maw, though she's mostly restricted to a backlot farmhouse. It won an Oscar for best original story, back when they gave Oscars for that. "--Robert Horton"

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