The Jackie Robinson Story

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The Jackie Robinson Story is also considered as one of the best and most convincing baseball biopics ever filmed despite the fact of low production values and box-office “names.”


The film features Jackie Robinson. It talks about his career from his college days, when he excelled as a track star at Pasadena College and as UCLA’s All-Sports record holder. Upon his graduation, Robinson tries to get a coaching, but this is the 1940s, and most doors are closed to black athletes. After serving in the army, Robinson plays with the Negro Baseball League, where his uncanny skills attract the attention of Branch Rickey, general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The story continues…

Jackie Robinson Story is surprisingly frank in its detailing of the racial tensions of its own era. It falters only in a couple of silly vignettes involving comic-relief ballplayer Ben Lessey. The cast is uniformly fine, including Louise Beavers as Robinson’s mother, Ruby Dee as his wife Rae (Dee would later play Robinson’s mother in the 1990 TV movie The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson), Joel Fluellen as his brother Mac, Minor Watson.

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