Rookie of the Year (Screen Directors Playhouse)

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"Rookie of the Year"
Screen Directors Playhouse episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 10
Directed by John Ford
Written by Written by
Frank Nugent
From a story by
W. R. Burnett
Featured music no music credit
Cinematography by Hal Mohr, A.S.C.
Production code 010
Original air date December 7, 1955 (1955-12-07)
Guest appearance(s)
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Rookie of the Year is a 1955 half-hour baseball drama directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne, Vera Miles, Ward Bond, and Patrick Wayne, all of whom Ford would direct in The Searchers the following year. This film was an installment of the television anthology series Screen Director's Playhouse.

A sportswriter (John Wayne) realizes that a talented young rookie (Patrick Wayne) is the son of a former player (Ward Bond) convicted of throwing a game.

Patrick Wayne would later play a similar role in a 1962 television drama, also directed by John Ford, called Flashing Spikes, starring James Stewart and featuring John Wayne in a lengthy surprise appearance.


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