Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Robert Aldrich|
|Produced by||Matthew Rapf|
|Written by||Herbert Baker
John McNulty (story)
|Starring||Edward G. Robinson
|Cinematography||William C. Mellor|
|Edited by||Ben Lewis|
Although this story is fiction, Robinson's character in it, Hans Lobert, was an actual baseball player who played for five Major League Baseball teams and managed the Philadelphia Phillies. Third-billed in the cast, Jeff Richards was a professional ballplayer before he became an actor, and Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell appears as himself.
John "Hans" Lobert runs a training camp in Florida for baseball's New York Giants. Every year, he evaluates the 18-22-year-old hopefuls to pick the best for a minor league contract. All have dreams and talent, but the elimination whittles them down to a lucky few who will get the $150-a-month contract.
Lobert's niece comes down from the home office in New York and finds herself attracted to one of the players, the tall, quiet Adam Polachuk.
- Edward G. Robinson ... John B. 'Hans' Lobert
- Vera-Ellen ... Christy
- Jeff Richards ... Adam Polachuk
- Richard Jaeckel ... Bobby Bronson
- William Campbell ... Julie Davis
- Carl Hubbell ... Himself
- Paul Langton ... Brian McLennan
- Lalo Rios ... Chuy Aguilar
- Bill Crandall ... Tippy Mitchell
- Frank Ferguson ... Wally Mitchell
- John McKee ... Dale Alexander
- Mario Siletti ... Mr. Polachuk
- Al Campanis ... Himself
- Bob Trocolor ... Himself
- Tony Ravis ... Himself
- Robert Calwell ... Pomfret
- Donald 'Chippie' Hastings ... Little Joe Polachuk
- Bing Russell
- Harv Tomter ... Himself (uncredited)
According to MGM records the film earned $467,000 in the US and Canada and $92,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $163,000.
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
- The figure has also been given as $800,000 - see Alain Silver and James Ursini, Whatever Happened to Robert Aldrich?, Limelight, 1995 p 230
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