The Big Leaguer

The Big Leaguer

Director: Robert Aldrich Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Vera-Ellen, Jeff Richards


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Big Leaguer was the inauspicious feature-film debut for director Robert Aldrich. Edward G. Robinson stars as the real-life Hans Lobert, the baseball scout in charge of the New York Giants' Florida training camp. Each year, a new crop of would-be ballplayers are given a two-week tryout under Lobert's supervision. The aspirants this time out include, Adam Polachuk (Jeff Richards), the son of a Polish immigrant who wants Adam to become a lawyer; Julie Davis (William Campbell), a tough guy from the streets of New York; Bobby Bronson (Richard Jaeckel), a cocky Ohio lad; and Chuy Aguilar (Lalo Rios), a Mexican youth whose skill on the ballfield compensates for his tenuous grasp of the English language. Gradually, Adam emerges as the film's central character, as he simultaneously tries to make good for Lobert, romance Lobert's niece Christy (Vera-Ellen), and keep his dad from finding out that he's not attending law school. Though Big Leaguer was held in such low esteem by distributor MGM that it became the first Edward G. Robinson picture not to be given a regular playdate in Manhattan, the film is worth seeing today, if only for the presence of such genuine big leaguers as Al Campanis, Carl Hubbell, Bob Trocolor and Tony Ravish.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/14/2012
UPC: 0883316615942
Original Release: 1953
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:10:00
Sales rank: 32,207

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward G. Robinson John B. "Hans" Lobert
Vera-Ellen Christy
Jeff Richards Abraham Polachuk
Richard Jaeckel Bobby Bronson
William Campbell Julie Davis
Paul Langton Brian McLennan
Lalo Rios Chuy Agilar
Frank Ferguson Wally Mitchell
Mario Siletti Mr. Polachuk
John R. McKee Dale Alexander

Technical Credits
Robert Aldrich Director
Harbert Baker Screenwriter
Alberto Colombo Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Eddie Imazu Art Director
Ben Lewis Editor
John McNulty Original Story
William C. Mellor Cinematographer
Lou Morheim Original Story
Matthew Rapf Producer

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