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Aunt Mary (1979)

Unrated | | Drama, Sport | TV Movie 5 December 1979
The story is told over a couple of years of a disabled woman living in Baltimore, MD. The story opens in 1954 when the St. Louis Browns relocate to become the Orioles. Mary Dobkin sets up a... See full summary »


Peter Werner


Ellis A. Cohen (story), Burt Prelutsky


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Credited cast:
Jean Stapleton ... Mary Dobkin
Martin Balsam ... Harry Strasberg
Dolph Sweet ... Amos Jones
Harold Gould ... Dr. Hoxley
Robert Emhardt ... Berwick
Anthony Cafiso Anthony Cafiso ... Nicholas Rocco
Robbie Rist ... Vernon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lulu Baxter Lulu Baxter ... Susie Martin
Gerry Black Gerry Black ... George Hazel
Philip Bruns ... Det. LaMonica
Steve Cafiso Steve Cafiso ... Tony Rocco
Mitch Carter ... Man on the Street
Rick Casorla Rick Casorla ... Chester
Christopher Ciampa Christopher Ciampa ... Hank
Natalie Cilona Natalie Cilona ... Nurse Abbott


The story is told over a couple of years of a disabled woman living in Baltimore, MD. The story opens in 1954 when the St. Louis Browns relocate to become the Orioles. Mary Dobkin sets up a baseball team of street kids to save them from juvenile delinquency. Because the team includes black and white kids she struggles with some of the authorities. After losing part of a foot before the movie takes place, she has half of her other leg amputated and believes she will be unable to coach for the 1955 season. She receives encouragement from a young boy who has his entire arm amputated at the same time in the same hospital. He learns to play, on her team with one arm. In the end, she takes on a girl for the outfield. A field is dedicated to her in Baltimore for the hundreds of children she coached. Written by <webmaster@disabilityfilms.co.uk>

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Release Date:

5 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Aunt Mary (#29.2) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Excellent Movie...Does anyone have a copy of it?
25 July 2006 | by zickie_2000See all my reviews

What a wonderful, heart-warming movie. Great cast, great story. I love how Aunt Mary fought for the little people of all creeds and colors. Kids who think they don't count. Jean Stapleton give us her usual grand performance with many well-known supporting actors, like Dolph Sweet and Martin Balsam. One of the best TV films I have ever seen and I can not understand why Hallmark did not put it out on VHS/DVD.

I taped the movie twice but messed it up on my VCR. I have some of the unedited version and most of the edited version. It was never put on VHS/DVD. I rarely see it on TV anymore. Does anyone have a copy I could buy from them?? THANKS!

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