The Kid from Cleveland


Action / Drama

IMDb Rating 5.4


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89 min
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Reviewed by craig_smith9 7

I suppose that this is somewhat less than a good average film. On the other hand, I never was bored watching it and I intend to watch it again (no, not because I am an Indians fan--I&#39;m not). Possibly this is due to the continued appearances of the 1948 Indians. This may be a movie, but historically where will you ever get another chance to hear those great players and see more of them than you get from a brief newsreel.<br/><br/>Plus, there really is a story beyond the baseball. It shows fairly well the results of poor communication, lack of communication, and miscommunication. It also shows the importance of caring for someone, how important that is, and how important it is to work at showing that you care. We sometimes forget that there does need to be an intensity to our relationships, that we need to consciously work on our relationships with others.<br/><br/>Johnny Barrows loses his father in the war. He becomes especially upset when his mother remarries. Through a misunderstanding, he never really takes to his stepfather. His behavior is best when he is with the Indians. It is not till the end that this is cleared up and that is helped by a story of Larry Doby&#39;s first days as an Indian.

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Reviewed by bkoganbing 6

Young Russ Tamblyn gets his first big break as a baseball crazy kid from Cleveland who is a devoted fan of the new World Series winners from 1948 the Cleveland Indians. Russ is having a lot of home issues with mother Ann Doran and stepfather Louis Jean Heydt and comes under the influence of street punk Tommy Cook.<br/><br/>However a counter influence develops when he sneaks into Municipal Stadium and meets up with manager/shortstop Lou Boudreau, owner Bill Veeck, Hank Greenberg who was now retired as a player and working in the Indians front office for Veeck and their team announcer George Brent.<br/><br/>It&#39;s Brent who takes an interest in the kid and takes him home to meet his wife Lynn Bari and their two daughters. Tamblyn has to make some critical life choices and we can only hope as viewers he does the right thing.<br/><br/>The movie itself is a decent and well played film about juvenile delinquency as seen in 1949 eyes. But it is a nice look back at the baseball scene of the time. Footage of the 1948 series and some regular season games are nicely integrated into the plot. The World Series film also gives us a chance to look at Braves Field which is no more in Boston as a big league ballpark. With the stands now down, the field serves as the playing ground for the Boston College team.<br/><br/>Such baseball Hall Of Famers like Greenberg, Boudreau, Tris Speaker, Bob Feller, Larry Doby, Joe Gordon and Satchel Paige do a fine job in playing themselves along with the other Indian ballplayers of the era. Come to think of it Bill Veeck is also in the Hall of Fame and I&#39;m sure this film was part of his promotion which in the game of baseball was second to none.<br/><br/>The Kid From Cleveland is a decent enough family film, but for baseball fans especially from the Cleveland area, it&#39;s an absolute must.

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Reviewed by abenr 2

Although a dreadful film, The Kid from Cleveland should be of more than routine interest to the baseball fan with a sense of history. Small cameo speaking appearances are made throughout by such baseball greats as Hank Greenberg, Bob Feller, Tris Speaker, Bill Veeck, Satchel Paige, Larry Doby -- well, just look at the cast. The players do more than just bat and pitch, the difference between this and most baseball movies.

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