The Stratton Story Reviews
Powerful, moving story, well told. Doesn't drift, or get overly sentimental.
Mr Nice Guy, James Stewart, is perfectly cast in the lead role, and doesn't disappoint. Plays the role perfectly. The radiant, always-cheerful June Allyson is perfect as his wife. Good supporting cast.
A lesser-known Jimmy Stewart gem.
Stewart is great, the story is inspiring, and I got a hoot out of seeing Bill Dickey! I loved the scene where Monty is pitching to his wife! Super cute chemistry!
I liked a lot of things about the film. The movie's main strength are the performances by all of the stars - all of which were great. They truly were their characters and, in turn, this made the movie very believable. Even though James Stewart is my favourite actor, I saw him as the character in this film, rather than just Jimmy Stewart playing a role.
I also thought that the writing was quite good, as all of the characters were fleshed out well and everything worked well within the plot. I didn't discover any plotholes or anything, which is nice. The movie was very clean in appearance and in how it was written, by which I mean that everything was covered and it didn't try to do too much.
I know I've been gloating about this movie, but it definitely isn't perfect. One major problem that I had with this film was the directing. Whenever any of the baseball scenes were shot, the director chose to use camera angles that reflected the sport poorly and didn't show much action. It was hard to get a sense of the game with the camera angles used to portray the action. It could have also been partly the editor's fault, but I wish they would've used better angles and shots for the baseball scenes.
If you're a fan of classic films, James Stewart, or films from the 1940s in general, I recommend this film. You really can't go wrong. It's a great watch.