Directed by Sam Wood
USA 1949


  Call it luck or what you will, but the circumstance which took Van Johnson off the mound and brought James Stewart in as the star of "The Stratton Story" was the best thing that has yet happened to Mr. Stewart in his post-war film career. For in the new picture which opened yesterday at the Music Hall, Mr. Stewart gives such a winning performance that it is almost impossible to imagine anyone rise playing the role of the Chicago White Sox pitcher whose bright future was suddenly and tragically darkened by adversity in 1938.

This reporter is not familiar enough with the details of Monty Stratton's life to say whether, or to what extent. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer may have embroidered the facts. But that doesn't matter, for "The Stratton Story" tells a touching, human story of triumph over crushing odds with a warmth and sensitive appreciation for sentiment that is all too seldom encountered on the screen. For a rewarding inspirational experience and the chance to shed a few unashamed tears, you are respectfully advised to look in on the Music Hall's screen.

Excerpt from the NY Times located HERE.


Theatrical Release: May 12th, 1949

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

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Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Runtime 1:46:24 
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.73 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 2.0)  
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None

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Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Pest Control (Dave O'Brien short comedy)
• Batty baseball - Tex Avery cartoon
• Lux radio Broadcast
• Theatrical trailer

DVD Release Date: August 15th, 2006

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Chapters: 26




Solid transfer from Warner with good greyscale. Very minor artifacts and no visible damage - there was some negligible contrast flickering the beginning but nothing major. Overall a very acceptable image on this DVD.

Clear audio offers a French DUB, excellent subtitles. Supplements include a comedy short, another Tex Avery cartoon, a Lux radio broadcast and a theatrical trailer.

A very good sports/melodrama with strong performances. An acceptable choice for the James Stewart Signature Collection boxset as the film makes it debut on the digital versatile disc  format.

Gary W. Tooze


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