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The Great American Pastime (1956)

Approved | | Comedy, Sport | 28 November 1956 (USA)
Bruce Hallerton becomes coach of the Panthers, a little league baseball team. The fact that an attractive widow has her son in the team causes problems with his wife.

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Herman Hoffman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tom Ewell ... Bruce Hallerton
Anne Francis ... Betty Hallerton
Ann Miller ... Mrs. Doris Patterson
Dean Jones ... Buck Rivers
Rudy Lee Rudy Lee ... Dennis Hallerton
Judson Pratt ... Ed Ryder
Raymond Bailey ... George Carruthers
Budd Knapp ... Mr. Dawson (as Wilfred Knapp)
Bob Jellison ... Mr. O'Keefe
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Bruce Hallerton becomes coach of the Panthers, a little league baseball team. The fact that an attractive widow has her son in the team causes problems with his wife. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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The funny star of 7 YEAR ITCH's back to keep us all in STITCHES See more »

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Comedy | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El pasatiempo favorito See more »

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Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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References Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) See more »

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Charming but very slight comedy
12 April 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is certainly NOT a movie that will change your life or overwhelm you with big stars, action or exotic locales! However, considering how modest the pretensions are, this is actually a very nice family film that is worth a look. In many ways, this film reminds me of films like MR. SCOUTMASTER and THE PRIVATE WAR OF MAJOR BENSON--all are amiable enough films about a man being mismatched with kids--along with rather predictable results. Some will no doubt be unimpressed, but I actually like a film like this on occasion--just a bit of old fashion fun with Tom Ewell and the rest of the cast.

By the way, Mr. Ewell was just fine in the film, but considering he had a gorgeous wife like Ann Francis, I don't know why all he ever seemed to think about was baseball!!


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