The Kid from Cleveland (1949)

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Baseball team (the Cleveland Indians) helps a troubled teenaged fan.


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Director:

Herbert Kline

Writers:

John Bright (screenplay), Herbert Kline (story), John Bright (story)

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1 April 2013 | bkoganbing
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| For baseball fans a must
Young Russ Tamblyn gets his first big break as a baseball crazy kid from Cleveland who is a devoted fan of the new World Series winners from 1948 the Cleveland Indians. Russ is having a lot of home issues with mother Ann Doran and stepfather Louis Jean Heydt and comes under the influence of street punk Tommy Cook.

However a counter influence develops when he sneaks into Municipal Stadium and meets up with manager/shortstop Lou Boudreau, owner Bill Veeck, Hank Greenberg who was now retired as a player and working in the Indians front office for Veeck and their team announcer George Brent.

It's Brent who takes an interest in the kid and takes him home to meet his wife Lynn Bari and their two daughters. Tamblyn has to make some critical life choices and we can only hope as viewers he does the right thing.

The movie itself is a decent and well played film about juvenile delinquency as seen in 1949 eyes. But it is a nice look back at the baseball scene of the time. Footage of the 1948 series and some regular season games are nicely integrated into the plot. The World Series film also gives us a chance to look at Braves Field which is no more in Boston as a big league ballpark. With the stands now down, the field serves as the playing ground for the Boston College team.

Such baseball Hall Of Famers like Greenberg, Boudreau, Tris Speaker, Bob Feller, Larry Doby, Joe Gordon and Satchel Paige do a fine job in playing themselves along with the other Indian ballplayers of the era. Come to think of it Bill Veeck is also in the Hall of Fame and I'm sure this film was part of his promotion which in the game of baseball was second to none.

The Kid From Cleveland is a decent enough family film, but for baseball fans especially from the Cleveland area, it's an absolute must.

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