THE STRATTON STORY—-the first audience-pleasing teamup of James Stewart and June Allyson, a story with sentimental pull and baseball’s dominance of American sports mania helped this to a home run at the box office in 1949.
Monty Stratton was a big-league pitching star of the mid 1930s who lost a leg in a hunting snafu. Despite the handicap of an artificial leg, he returned to the limelight. It’s a nice story (winning an Oscar in that since-discontinued category) and the actors are pleasing, yet little excitement is generated and the syrupy All-Pro byplay is cloying stuff that’s carbon dated to the prehistory by the harsh tones of today. A nostalgia piece, sold in large part by the charm of Stewart & Allyson.
With Frank Morgan, Agnes Moorehead (only eight years older than Stewart yet playing his mother), Bruce Cowling, Bill Dickey, Kenneth Tobey, Bill Williams and Robert Gist. Directed by Sam Wood, who had a knack for this sort of tale, having helmed The Pride Of The Yankees. Mounted for $1,771,000, pocketing $4,488,000, sixth place for the year. 106 minutes.