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Pride of St. Louis (1952)





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Pride of St. Louis is the story of one of baseball's most colorful characters, Jerome Herman "Dizzy" Dean. While playing amateur ball in 1928, Dizzy (Dan Dailey) is hired by the St. Louis Cardinals. He spends a year or so playing with the Cards' Texas farm team, during which time he woos and wins department-store clerk Pat Nash (Joanne Dru, who ironically was the real-life aunt of pro baseball player Pete LaCock!) Once in the majors as a pitcher, Dean is joined on the Cards lineup by his younger brother Paul (Richard Crenna), whom the press nicknames "Daffy." Through a combination of spectacular ballplaying and zany publicity stunts, Dizzy and Daffy become nationwide favorites. Their popularity really soars after they help the Cardinals win the 1934 World Series. After this triumph, things begin to go downhill for Dizzy, who endures several injuries and finally "loses" his pitching arm. Dean is rescued from a binge of self-pity by his old friend Johnny Kendall (Richard Hylton), whose dad is a brewery executive. Johnny convinces his dad to sponsor a series of St. Louis Browns radio broadcasts, and to hire Dizzy as a play-by-play announcer. Ol' Diz gets in a lot of trouble with local schoolteachers because of his eccentric grammar ("he slud into third base," etc.) but things eventually turn out A-OK. Pride of St. Louis takes any number of liberties with the facts, but the real Dizzy Dean didn't care so long as 20th Century-Fox ponied up a huge sum of money for the rights to his life story: "Jeez," he said at the time, "they're gonna give me 50,000 smackers just fer livin'!" Future NBC news commentator Chet Huntley shows up in one of the closing scenes as sportscaster Tom Weaver. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Dan Dailey
as Jerome Herman "Dizzy" Dean
Joanne Dru
as Patricia Nash Dean
Richard Hylton
as Johnny Kendall
Richard Crenna
as Paul Dean
Leo Cleary
as Manager, Ed Monroe
Kenny Williams
as Castleman
Stuart Randall
as Frankie Frisch
Damian O'Flynn
as Johnnie Bishop
Cliff Clark
as Pittsburgh coach
Fred Graham
as Alexander
Billy Nelson
as Chicago manager
Johnny Duncan
as Western Union Boy
Jack Rice
as Voorhees
Victor Sutherland
as Kendall Sr.
Kathryn Carl
as Mrs. Martin
Joan Sudlow
as Miss Johnson
Frank J. Scannell
as Chicago 3rd Base Coach
Larry Thor
as Announcer
John Wald
as Announcer
Hank Weaver
as Announcer
Jack Sherman
as Announcer
Tom Hanlon
as Announcer
Chet Huntley
as Tom Weaver
Harris Brown
as Hotel Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Pride of St. Louis

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[An] ultra-civic-minded work manages to kill the idea of baseball as the national pastime.

September 15, 2021 | Full Review…

The wacky career of baseball's Dizzy Dean - as pitcher, radio commentator, private citizen, and screwball - is engagingly corned up in this lively diamond comedy.

October 28, 2019 | Full Review…

If you don't like baseball, you probably won't like this pic.

April 5, 2006 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

A potentially good film is trimmed down to a tolerable mediocre one, and Diz and the Cardinals deserve better.

September 1, 2002 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

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