The Great Baseball Films: From Right off the Bat to a League of Their Own

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Library Journal
The title of this book is something of a misnomer as the author examines both the best and the worst of 185 baseball films. The chapters are a series of well-written articles on topics like ``Baseball and Fantasy'' and ``Baseball and Women.'' Each chapter provides story synopses and aesthetic and cultural criticism. Two other recent titles address this same subject: Hal Erickson's very readable Baseball in the Movies: A Comprehensive Reference, 1915-1991 (MacFarland, 1992) features an alphabetical arrangement of listed movies, more in-depth analysis, and more extensive production background than Edelman's work, while Gary E. Dickerson's The Cinema of Baseball (Meckler, 1991) is a scholarly but not very readable study. Most collections can get by with Erickson's book, but Edelman's guide may be of interest to large sports and film collections.-John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806514796
  • Publisher: Carol Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1994
  • Series: Citadel Film Book Series
  • Pages: 231
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.95 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The Earliest Baseball Films 19
3 Charles Ray 21
4 Mike Donlin 25
5 Cobb, McGraw... and Babe Ruth 31
6 Babe Ruth Biographies 37
7 Ruthian Caricatures 45
8 Casey at the Bat 51
9 Lou Gehrig 55
10 Baseball Out West 61
11 Baseball and Race 63
12 Baseball Biographies 75
13 Baseball and Fantasy 89
14 Aging Warriors and Hot Prospects 105
15 Baseball and Women 119
16 Baseball Mysteries and Dramas 125
17 Baseball Vaudeville and Comedy 135
18 Joe E. Brown and Ring Lardner 159
19 Baseball and Kids 165
20 Baseball Abroad 185
21 The Fan 193
22 Filmography 203
Index 229
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