The Busher (1919)





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As might be guessed by the title, The Busher is a baseball film. Charles Ray plays Ben Harding, a country greenhorn who is the hired hand of Deacon Nasby (Otto Hoffman) and pitcher for the local team. A group of major league players and their manager get stuck in town when railroad trouble causes a layover, and they discover Ben's talents. They send him a telegram, asking him to join the team, and his girl, Mazie Palmer (Colleen Moore) bids him a tearful farewell. But success goes to Ben's head and when the hometown folk come to see him play, he screws up the game and loses. The manager fires him and he goes back to work for Deacon and learns to be humble. But all is not lost for Ben -- his successor disappears and he is called into play once again. This time he pitches a great game and ends up victorious. Ray had great support in this film -- not only did he have future star Colleen Moore as his leading lady, John Gilbert, who was also headed for stardom, had a featured role too.
Rating: NR
Genre: Drama , Romance
Directed By: Jerome Storm
Thomas H. Ince Corporation


Charles Ray
as Ben Harding
Colleen Moore
as Mazie Palmer
John Gilbert
as Jim Blair
Jay Morley
as Billy Palmer
Otto Hoffman
as Deacon Nasby

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Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Delightful comedy about baseball and small town life.

Full Review… | August 26, 2011
Classic Film and Television

A fascinating look at early baseball films and an un-perfected spin on something that has since gone on to be repeated countless times since.

Full Review… | December 25, 2010
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Audience Reviews for The Busher

A rare chance to see popular 1910s actor Charles Ray in a starring role along with up-and-coming stars Colleen Moore and John Gilbert. Great fun.

Michael Troudt
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