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Clarification - and Review
- Shari D.
In regard to another reviewer's statement that it was supposedly Jimmy Stewart who was hesitant to do the movie until it was pointed out that it could possibly be a vehicle for providing hope to permanently disabled veterans of WWII, that isn't true. It was Monty Stratton himself who was the hesitant one, when first approached to consent to having a movie done of his life story. Being the generally modest person he was, all that publicity wasn't initially to his taste, in spite of his big league accomplishments. After he had won his first season following the loss of his leg, he was not initially in favor of the movie. But when it was explained to HIM that it could potentially have such benefits, he changed his mind. Because James Stewart had logged over 400 hours as a civilian before Pearl Harbor, he was permitted to take basic flight training at Moffett and earned his pilot wings. During the next nine months, he instructed in AT-6, AT-9, and B-17 aircraft and flew bombardiers in the training school at Albuquerque, N.M. In the fall of 1943, he went to England as Commanding Officer of the 703d Bomb Squadron, equipped with B-24s. He began flying combat missions and on March 31, 1944, was appointed Operations Officer of the 453rd Bomb Group and, subsequently, Chief of Staff of the 2nd Combat wing, 2nd Air Division of the 8th Air Force. Stewart ended the war with 20 combat missions. It would be highly unlikely that Mr. Stewart would require such a reminder. As to his fitness for the role of Monty Stratton in the movie, he was actually Mr. Stratton's first choice for the actor to portray him. I'd think he should know who would be the best candidate to portray himself in his own biopic. And, after the premier which he attended, he was quoted as saying that Jimmy Stewart was actually more "him," than he was himself! And, all the uncounted hours and days that Mr. Stewart put into acquiring big league baseball skills, it shows clearly in his portrayal of Mr. Stratton.
The Stratton Story on Criterion Collection DVD
- Jeffrey Kenison
This biographical classic should be good on Criterion Collection DVD. I like James Stewart and June Allyson. It also won an Oscar for Best Story.
The Stratton Story
- Priscilla Adkins
Love everyone in this movie, the story is well done but it is a bit distracting to have the main character be twice the age of the subject. I still like watching this movie when I see it will be on. James Stewart was in more than his share of movies playing parts intended for much younger actors. He had the drawing power to attract fans so I guess that's all that mattered!
The Stratton Story
- Holly Hugo
Being a Jimmy Stewart fan, this is one of my favorites. He is able to carry you through the film from country farmer to major league player to angry amputee to acceptance. Great message on living life to its fullest and not letting tragedies get in the way of your dreams. Allison and Stewart have great chemistry and all the characters are able to create believable warm relationships from Morgan as a coach to Moorhead as a mother and mother in law. I love Van Johnson too but Jimmy truly did a great job with this movie and I highly recommend this movie. All my kids are Jimmy Steward fans and enjoy this movie from my 28 year old to my 14 year old.
- David Huygens
This is a wonderful biography that contains some of the best screen acting Stewart and Allyson ever did. Ethel Stratton stated about the casting of Van Johnson that Monty felt Van was "gun-shy athletically" and would never make a convincing pitcher (after Johnson visited the Strattons and Monty worked out a bit with Van). Despite being 8 years older than Van, Stewart looked more like Monty Stratton, and more important, was Stratton's own choice to play him on the screen. As for Johnson and Allyson co-starring in the film, as the overview states, Donna Reed was cast opposite Van Johnson, originally. She only left the cast after Stewart replaced Johnson. Stewart requested she be replaced with his own preference, Allyson (he felt he hadn't had good chemistry with Reed in It's A Wonderful Life). Reed resented Stewart for years for screwing up what would have been a big break for her.
The Stratton Story
- Henry Shaffner
We found the story quite unbelievable. Van Johnson would have been much more suited to playing Monty Stratton than the too - old Jimmy Stewart. Also Van and June Allyson were a natural pair, and would have really been the better combination. Beides, Van was a fine athlete, as demonstrated in "The Romance of Rosy Ridge." The movie disappoints because the wrong actor was cast. in the lead. It is our opinion that Monty Stratton felt too competitive with Van Johnaon who had played a war hero named Ted Lawson who lost his leg in The Doolittle Raid, and did such a tremendous job in "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo."
The Stratton Story (1949)
- James Higgins
It certainly pours on the sentiment, it is a bit too sappy, but it is also a highly entertaining film. Jimmy Stewart rises above the material and makes it work. June Allyson on the other hand is just too sugary and sweet, her performance doesn't ring true. Fine supporting cast.
- Jarrod McDonald
This is a fine example of American cinema at its best. Supposedly Jimmy Stewart had not really intended to do the film, till it was pointed out to him that it would inspire WWII veterans with limited mobility. The scene where he and his son walk together for the first time is exceptional. June Allyson is superb and perfectly cast. There would've been no other type of wholesome wife that men from that era would've looked forward to seeing after being away. Agnes Moorhead is good and understated as the mother, and this is at least the third film I know of where Frank Morgan plays a paternal role to one of Stewart's characters. Morgan seems very lively in this offering. The game scenes are equally lively, and this entire film is worth enjoying and remains inspiring with each viewing. For fans of the sports biography I'd also recommend 'The Pride of the Yankees' by the same director a few years earlier. And for Stewart-Allyson enthusiasts look at 'The Glenn Miller Story' & 'Strategic Air Command.' They have an easy, fun chemistry.
- Ruby O'Quinn
In my opinion this is one of the most moving dramas that James Stewart portrays. The acting is great with June Allyson as his wife. It's a four star movie that has the same drama appeal along with the Glenn Miller Story, The FBI Story and many more....