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The Pride of St. Louis Reviews

Thanks to a fine performance by Dan Dailey, this film biography captures the spirit of one of the most colorful figures in baseball history, legendary St. Louis Cardinal hurler Jerome Herman "Dizzy" Dean, who is remembered almost as much for his mangling of the English language as a sportscaster as he is for his brilliant pitching. Beginning with Dean's days as an Ozark hillbilly, the story follows him as he struggles up from poverty, into semipro ball and the minor leagues, and onto the mound for the Cardinals. He and his brother Paul (well played by Richard Crenna) pitch their hearts out for the Cards and lead the team to a World Series championship. A sore arm and a self-pitying bout with drinking follow, but by the end of the film, Dizzy has cleaned up his act. A warm and humorous subplot depicting Dizzy's courtship of his wife, Patricia (played expertly by Joanne Dru), adds depth and feeling to this good-natured story. Director Harmon Jones, who does a commendable job of mixing fact with a little fiction, doesn't fail to include the wonderful Dizzy Dean pranks, like the time he had his teammates sit down on the playing field while he struck out all three opposing hitters, much to his manager's consternation. Nominated for a Best Story Oscar.