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Some Notes Regarding “The Babe Ruth Story”

January 16, 2020

I need not cite the quality of the 1948 film, “The Babe Ruth Story,” released just before Mr. Ruth’s death, as anything great because it was not.

However, Babe Ruth was a seminal sports figure and one who transcended sports.

Some notes on the film include the fact that Roy Del Ruth both directed and produced “The Babe Ruth Story.”

William Bendix, who played “The Babe,” was a New York Yankees’ batboy, at a time during the 1920’s. The immortal Yankees’ broadcaster, Mel Allen plays himself in the film.

Finally, Babe’s second wife Claire is played by another, Claire, the magnificent Claire Trevor. There is no mention of Mr. Ruth’s first wife, Helen.

 

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William Bendix, pictured above as Babe Ruth in “The Babe Ruth Story.”

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