The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)

STARRING:
Jackie Robinson, Ruby Dee
DIRECTED BY:
Alfred E. Green
GENRE:
Drama, Documentary
Baseball great Jackie Robinson steps into the lead role in this biopic from director Alfred E. Green (The Jolson Story, Copacabana). Robinson, born in Cairo, Georgia, was the first African American player allowed into major league baseball. The film, which features the cinematography of Oscar winner Ernest Laszlo (Ship of Fools, Airport), is a glimpse into the life of an iconic American sports hero, and his struggles to overcome bigotry. “Mr. Robinson,” wrote The Times’ Bosley Crowther, “... displays a calm assurance and composure that might be envied by many a Hollywood star." (BW)