Mgm letters to monty stratton the stratton story movie 1949 jimmy stewart
Three pieces of correspondence, two from MGM Director of Publicity John Rothwell corresponding with Monty Stratton who pitched for the Chicago White Sox before a hunting accident derailed his career. The Stratton story was a hit movie in 1949 produced by Metro Goldwyn Mayer and starring Jimmy Stewart and June Allyson. One original letter appears to be a cover letter that was sent with photos from the movie and notes the records the film sales made in Cleveland. The second original letter references other record sales as well as provides info on the movie premieres in various cities. Both letters have the famous MGM letterhead with the lion. Also included is a baseball questionaire filled out by Monty referencing baseball hero (Babe Ruth) and that his greatest thrill in baseball was hitting a grand slam. The questionaire appears to be a mimeograph. From Wikipedia: The Stratton Story is a 1949 American biographical film directed by Sam Wood which tells the true story of Monty Stratton, a Major League Baseball pitcher who pitched for the Chicago White Sox from 1934–1938. This is the first of three movies that paired stars Jimmy Stewart and June Allyson, the others being The Glenn Miller Story and Strategic Air Command. Stratton commented that Mr. Stewart "did a great job of playing me, in a picture which I figure was about as true to life as they could make it". The Stratton Story was a financial success and won the Academy Award for best Writing – Motion Picture Story. Texas farm boy Monty Stratton (Stewart) demonstrates a knack for pitching a baseball. With the help of washed-up, catcher-turned-scout Barney Wile (Morgan), he manages to get a tryout with the Chicago White Sox during their spring training in California. He shows promise and is given a contract. On his first evening at spring training, he is introduced to a young woman named Ethel (Allyson). They start dating and fall in love. Stratton must part from Ethel to go to Chicago. When Stratton is sent down to a minor league team, he proposes marriage. Stratton is called back up to the White Sox and returns to Chicago with his newlywed bride. By the end of the season, they're expecting a child. Next season, he is pitching an away game and doesn't seem to be able to keep his mind on the game. He wishes he was with his wife who's giving birth in Chicago. When he is notified that he has a son, he throws a wild pitch and is taken out of the game—grinning from ear to ear. As his career progresses, Stratton improves so much that he's voted an all-star in the American League. In the off-season of 1938, Stratton accidentally shoots himself in his right leg while hunting on his farm in Texas. When his leg has to be amputated, it looks as though his pitching career is over. He understandably goes through a very dark, brooding period. Nevertheless, with the support of his wife and a wooden leg, Stratton learns to walk along with his baby boy. He works hard and starts practicing his pitching again. He makes an inspirational, successful minor league comeback in 1946.
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