Pride of St. Louis

Pride of St. Louis

Director: Harmon Jones

Cast: Dan Dailey, Joanne Dru, Richard Hylton

     
 

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 wasSee more details below

Overview

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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/04/2014
UPC:
0024543934295
Original Release:
1952
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Mod
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
23,016

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dan Dailey Jerome Herman "Dizzy" Dean
Joanne Dru Patricia Nash Dean
Richard Hylton Johnny Kendall
Richard Crenna Paul Dean
Hugh Sanders Horst
James Brown Moose
Leo Cleary Mgr. Ed Monroe
Stuart Randall Frankie Frisch
William Frambes Herbie
Damian O'Flynn Johnnie Bishop
Cliff Clark Pittsburgh coach
Fred Graham Alexander
Billy Nelson Chicago manager
Pattee Chapman Ella
Richard Reeves Connelly
Johnny Duncan Western Union Boy
John Butler Waiter
Freeman Lusk Doctor
Jack Rice Voorhees
Al Green Joe [uncredited]
Philip Van Zandt Louis
Victor Sutherland Kendall, Sr.
Frank Scannell Chicago 3rd Base Coach
Larry Thor Announcer
John Wald Announcer
Hank Weaver Announcer
Jack Sherman Announcer
Tom Hanlon Announcer
Chet Huntley Tom Weaver
John Doucette Benny
Harris Brown Hotel Clerk
George McDonald Roscoe
Jon-Mikl Thor Actor
Jerry Wald Actor
Kenneth Williams Castleman
John R. McKee Delaney
Kathryn Card Actor
Robert Nichols Eddie

Technical Credits
Harmon Jones Director
Bernard Freericks Sound/Sound Designer
Addison Hehr Art Director
Art Lange Score Composer
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry M. Leonard Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Herman Mankiewicz Screenwriter
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Jules Schermer Producer
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Robert L. Simpson Editor
Leo Tover Cinematographer
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer
Guy Troper Screenwriter
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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