The Stratton Story (1949)




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Both Van Johnson and Gregory Peck were considered for the role of baseball star Monty Stratton in the 1949 biopic The Stratton Story before settling upon the real Stratton's own first choice, James Stewart. The film covers several years in the 1930s, as Texas farm boy Stratton rises from the minors to the Chicago White Sox. Along the way, Monty marries an Omaha gal named Ethel (June Allyson), who gives him a son. In November 1938, Monty accidentally shoots himself in the leg while on a hunting … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sports & Fitness, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Guy Trosper, Douglas Morrow, Guy Troper
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 15, 2006
Warner Home Video


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as Barney Wile

as Ma Stratton

as Gene Watson

as Ted Lyons

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as Himself

as Himself

as Higgins

as Luke Appling

as White Sox Catcher

as Conductor

as Pitcher

as Reporter

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as Mrs. Appling

as Mrs. Piet

as Mrs. Shea

as Headwaiter

as Waiter

as People in Theater

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as People in Theater

as People in Theater

as People in Theater

as People in Theater

as People in Theater

as Western Pitcher

as Detroit Player

as Western Manager

as Reporter

as Giants Manager

as All-Star Catcher

as Person in Theatre

as Umpire

as Umpire

as Yankee Coach

as Detroit Ball Player

as Detroit Ball Player

as Detroit Ball Player

as Theater Usher

as Stratton Baby

as Yankee Coach
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Critic Reviews for The Stratton Story

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Mr. Stewart gives such a winning performance that it is almost impossible to imagine anyone else playing the role of the Chicago White Sox pitcher whose bright future was suddenly and tragically darkened by adversity in 1938.

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

This inspiring picture about a man who wouldn't give up (and who acted as the film's technical advisor) also features appearances by the Yankee great Bill Dickey and pitcher Gene Bearden as themselves.

Full Review… | May 6, 2014
TV Guide's Movie Guide

As directed by Same Wood, this sports biopic is too earnest and too concerned with being inspirational, but Jimmy Stewart is good.

Full Review… | May 4, 2011

Amidst a script that starts, stalls and plods along, Stewart is an inspiration who could probably tell 'Yo Mamma jokes to the Brady clan and Partridge family and still be their best friend.

Full Review… | August 1, 2010 sweet and uplifting, not a little corny, but helped immensely by Stewart's easygoing, soft-spoken appeal.

Full Review… | August 12, 2006
Movie Metropolis

The inspirational true story of Chicago White Sox pitcher Monty Stratton.

Full Review… | October 30, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for The Stratton Story


A beautiful, romantic, dramatic story about a real life baseball player. Stewart and the rest of the cast give great performances.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

It certainly pours on the sentiment, it is a bit too sappy, but it is also a highly entertaining film. Jimmy Stewart rises above the material and makes it work. June Allyson on the other hand is just too sugary and sweet, her performance doesn't ring true. Fine supporting cast.

James Higgins

Pleasant and likable movie starring James Stewart as the rising baseball star Monty Stratton, who tragically lost one of his legs in a freak accident while hunting. The movie could have went down the road of being hokey, but maintained itself nicely and showed Stratton as a motivated and perservering man who would find the courage to continue doing what he loved. This is an overlooked movie that should be seen by sports fans.

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