Headin' Home (1920)

Headin' Home


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The sole purpose of this picture was to make money exploiting the "King of Swat," Babe Ruth, in his motion picture debut. The baseball hero plays a character, appropriately named Babe, a country boy who the locals consider useless. He thinks he's got some batting talent, but no one will take him seriously until a rival team comes to town and engages him when their one of their own players can't make it. Babe hits a ball that soars five blocks and smashes through a church window. From that point … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,



as Himself

as Mildred Tobin

as Harry Knight

as Babe's Mother

as Cyrus Tobin

as Dog Catcher

as John Tobin

as David Talmadge
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Critic Reviews for Headin' Home

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An odd film with little story, Headin' Home has a big place in sports history, offering an early look at Babe Ruth.

Full Review… | August 24, 2010

It's a one of a kind film, whose novelty makes it a keeper.

Full Review… | October 7, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Headin' Home


The first movie of Babe Ruth's not-so-illustrious acting career is this wheezy silent about a small-town lad becoming a big-time slugger. Ruth portrays someone named "Babe," but the character's cornball backstory has little to do with Ruth's own history. This Babe is no troubled orphan, but a polite mama's boy with a homemade bat and a spunky younger sister named -- get this -- "Pigtails." Ruth flashes none of the wisecracking charisma you'll hope to see, and there isn't even any notable footage of him playing ball. Meanwhile, the title cards izz all written inna contrived, po-folks dialect that culdn't bee mo' condescendin' to th' movie's target audience. Fer heaven's sake, th' Babe deserved better than this.

Eric Broome
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