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The Big Leaguer Details

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Big Leaguer was the inauspicious feature-film debut for director [[Performer~P79278~Robert Aldrich~robertaldrich]]. [[Performer~P60775~Edward G. Robinson~edwardgrobinson]] 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 ([[Performer~P60026~Jeff Richards~jeffrichards]]), the son of a Polish immigrant who wants Adam to become a lawyer; Julie Davis ([[Performer~P239309~William Campbell~williamcampbell]]), a tough guy from the streets of New York; Bobby Bronson ([[Performer~P34973~Richard Jaeckel~richardjaeckel]]), a cocky Ohio lad; and Chuy Aguilar ([[Performer~P60349~Lalo Rios~lalorios]]), 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 ([[Performer~P73296~Vera-Ellen~veraellen]]), 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 [[Performer~P60775~Edward G. Robinson~edwardgrobinson]] 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Edward G. Robinson
as John B. "Hans" Lobert
Vera-Ellen
as Christy
Jeff Richards
as Abraham Polachuk
Richard Jaeckel
as Bobby Bronson
Paul Langton
as Brian McLennan
Lalo Rios
as Chuy Agilar
Frank Ferguson
as Wally Mitchell
Mario Siletti
as Mr. Polachuk

Crew

Robert Aldrich
Director
Matthew Rapf
Producer
Lou Morheim
Screen Story
John McNulty
Screen Story
William C. Mellor
Cinematographer
Alberto Colombo
Musical Direction/Supervision
Alberto Colombo
Composer (Music Score)
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Eddie Imazu
Art Director
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