Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Robert Aldrich|
|Produced by||Matthew Rapf|
John McNulty (story)
Edward G. Robinson|
|Music by||Alberto Colombo|
|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 to- 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. Polachuk, the best prospect at third base, is trying to earn a spot on the team without his father knowing about it. His father, who knows nothing about baseball, thinks Adam is attending school. His father finds out about Adam's attempt to make the Giants just before the best of the recruits square off against the Brooklyn Dodgers' rookie squad. The elder Polachuk is persuaded by manager Lobert to let his son play in the game before taking him home. Polachuk is the star of the game for the Giants both offensively and defensively as the Giants rally to win the game.
- 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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