Mr. Deeds Goes to Yankee Stadium: Baseball Films in the Capra Tradition

Mr. Deeds Goes to Yankee Stadium: Baseball Films in the Capra Tradition

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by Wes D. Gehring
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0786417730

ISBN-13: 9780786417735

Pub. Date: 03/05/2004

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

Celebrated film director Frank Capra was a central architect of the "feel good" movie genre now known as populism, which celebrates people, families, second chances, and other traditional American icons such as small town or pastoral life and baseball. Capra developed his own brand of populism by interweaving traditional values of the genre with a younger, more

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Celebrated film director Frank Capra was a central architect of the "feel good" movie genre now known as populism, which celebrates people, families, second chances, and other traditional American icons such as small town or pastoral life and baseball. Capra developed his own brand of populism by interweaving traditional values of the genre with a younger, more vulnerable hero starting with Mr. Deeds Goes to Town in 1936. The result, Capraesque populism, has had a significant influence on American pop culture in general and forms a small but important subgenre of baseball movie.

This book examines eight of these Capraesque baseball films, starting with the all-important Pride of the Yankees (1942), which one admiring critic has called "Mr. Deeds Goes to Yankee Stadium." An introduction provides an overview of baseball and populism. Individual chapters are devoted to the populist legacy from Will Rogers (Capra's mentor) to Capra, The Pride of the Yankees, The Stratton Story, Angels in the Outfield, The Natural, Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, Frequency and The Rookie.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786417735
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
03/05/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
175
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword9
Foreword11
Author's Notes and Acknowledgments13
Preface: Populism as a Mirror of Our Best Self15
Introduction: A Baseball and Populism Primer21
Inning 1Passing the Populist Legacy from Will Rogers to Frank Capra35
Inning 2The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig49
Inning 3The Stratton Story: Close Parallels to Gehrig's Pride66
Inning 4Angels in the Outfield: A Populist Fantasy78
Inning 5The Natural: A Populist Adaptation of a Literary Classic90
Inning 6Bull Durham: A Sexy Packaging of Populism104
Inning 7Field of Dreams: America's Favorite Baseball Film115
Inning 8Frequency: An Unconventional Showcasing of Populist Baseball126
Inning 9The Rookie: Back to Populist Biography with a Cinderella Story135
Epilogue146
Notes153
Selected Filmography163
Bibliography165
Index173

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Mr. Deeds Goes to Yankee Stadium: Baseball Films in the Capra Tradition 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“Who’s who in America” (2012, 2013, 2014) author Wes Gehring’s “Mr. Deeds Goes to America: Baseball Films in the Capra Tradition” is included in baseball expert Ron Kaplan’s “501 Baseball Books Fans Must READ Before They Die.” Gehring’s book also boasts “Forwards” by “Boys of Summer” legend Carl Erskine, and former “Good Morning America” anchor Steve Bell. Erskine says, in part, “Wes Gehring’s book catches this (historical baseball) linkage in a fascinating way and lets younger generations live a little of the past while allowing my generation to live it again---read on.” Bell adds, in part, “What Wes Gehring puts in perspective for us in this delightful and insightful book is the essence of the (Capra feel good) Populist era and the mindset that helped mold our national character.” Thus, the book comes highly recommended.