Babe

Babe

Director: Buzz Kulik

Cast: Buzz Kulik, Susan Clark, Alex Karras, Slim Pickens

     
 
Susan Clark won an Emmy for her performance as legendary woman athlete Babe Didrickson (1916-1956). The film starts in Port Arthur, Texas, with teenaged Babe depriving herself of a social life in order to excel at track and field. Her well-honed skills and fierce competitive spirit win Babe a slot at the Los Angeles-based 1932 Olympics. Able to excel in practically

Overview

Susan Clark won an Emmy for her performance as legendary woman athlete Babe Didrickson (1916-1956). The film starts in Port Arthur, Texas, with teenaged Babe depriving herself of a social life in order to excel at track and field. Her well-honed skills and fierce competitive spirit win Babe a slot at the Los Angeles-based 1932 Olympics. Able to excel in practically any sport, Babe becomes a pro golfer, tennis player and billiard champ. In 1940, she meets and marries roughhewn ex-wrestler George Zaharias (played by Alex Karras, Clark's real-life future husband), who becomes her mentor and manager. Despite the anticipated career and personal conflicts, George stays by Babe's side for the next sixteen years, ultimately buoying her spirits during her three-year ordeal with terminal cancer. Babe was adapted by Emmy nominee Joanna Lee from Babe Didrickson Zaharias' autobiography This Life I've Led. Footnote: for a glance at the real Babe Zaharias in action on the golf links, see the Spencer Tracy/Katharine Hepburn vehicle Pat and Mike (52).

Product Details

Release Date:
11/17/2009
UPC:
0883316221129
Original Release:
1975
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
51,212

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Susan Clark Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Alex Karras George Zaharias
Slim Pickens Colonel M.J. McCombs
Ellen Geer Lilly Didrikson
Jeanette Nolan Hannah Marie Didrikson
Ford Rainey Dr. Tatum
Philip Bourneuf Mr. Icely
Kathleen Cody Sue Ellen
Kathleen Hughes Nancy Armitage
Arch Johnson Mr. Johnson
Greg Mabrey Jimmy
Byron Morrow Grantland Rose
Stu Nahan Sportseaster
Meg Wyllie Sister Tarsisis

Technical Credits
Buzz Kulik Director
Henry Berman Editor
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Joanna Lee Screenwriter
Stanley Crea Rubin Producer
Charles Wheeler Cinematographer

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