Safe at Home (1962)

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Hutch (Bryan Russell) is a Little Leaguer with an overactive imagination. He tells his teammates and his coach Bill Turner (William Frawley) that he and his father are friends with baseball heroes Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. The boy's disbelieving team prompts the boy to seek out the two Yankee stars. He gets into the spring training camp and gets to meet his baseball idols. After a lecture by the sluggers that honesty is the best policy, the entire Little League team is invited to attend a spring training game. Yankee manager Ralph Houk and ace left-handed pitcher Whitey Ford also make cameo appearances. The release of the film coincided with the start of the 1962 baseball season. Roger Mares was coming off a career season in which he won his second consecutive Most Valuable Player award on his way to smashing Babe Ruth's single season home run record. The Yanks won the World Series in 1961 and 1962. Mantle and Ford would one day be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Kids & Family , Sports & Fitness
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Studio:
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Cast

Mickey Mantle
as Himself
Roger Maris
as Himself
Whitey Ford
as Himself
Ralph Houk
as Himself
William Frawley
as Bill Turner
Patricia Barry
as Johanna Price
Don Collier
as Ken Lawton
Bryan Russell
as Hutch Lawton
Eugene Iglesias
as Mr. Torres
Charles Martin
as Henry's Father
Flip Mark
as Henry
Scott Edmund Lane
as Mike Torres
Charles G. Martin
as Henry's Father
Desiree Sumarra
as Mrs. Torres
Fred A. Schwarb
as Coach Benton
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Critic Reviews for Safe at Home

All Critics (3)

Mild but pleasant kids film, with a documentary like inside look at the Yankees and baseball.

Full Review… | October 1, 2014
Classic Film and Television

Instead it feels more like a publicity stunt meant to up the stock of Mantle, Maris and the polarizing New York Yankees.

Full Review… | December 25, 2010
Movie Views

This film is a critic proof one that's geared for the kiddies, Yankee fans and those who hero worship ballplayers.

Full Review… | October 8, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Safe at Home

I'm a big fan of 1960's television shows like The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show & Leave it to Beaver and this movie feels a lot like those type of show, especially The Andy Griffith Show. A single father raises his young boy while teaching him life lessons. Hutch, the young boy, feeling a little neglected by his father not being able to catch his sons Little League game, starts to overcompensate and brag to one of his teammates how great his father is. He goes a little to far and says that his father is friends with New York Yankee greats Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. We his teammates call his bluff Hutch comes up with a hairbrained schemes to stowaway to nearby Fort Lauderdale home of the Yankees spring training. Soon Hutch has to face the music while learning a valuable lesson. This was a fairly enjoyable film, at least for me. I'm a big baseball fan and have a extensive collection of our pastime's flicks so I'm probable more forgiving them the average viewer. Like I said the tone and pace of the film is a lot like that of a TV show. Because of this it makes the film seem a somewhat shorter then it actually is. The performances are standard for most of the cast with the exception of Mantle and Maris. They are obviously not trained actors and it shows at times. To no surprise Mantel does show some charm and personalty where as Maris performance is on one note and flat. I Love Lucy's William Frawley shows his charisma as a Yankee coach. Other Yankees to appear, Whitey Ford and manager Ralph Houk. Some great action of the Yankees durning training is worth a watch as well.

Thomas Green
Thomas Green

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