The New Pictures, Jun. 5, 1950

The Jackie Robinson Story (Eagle-Lion) tells how the Brooklyn Dodgers' second baseman struggled to make good as the first Negro to play openly in big-league baseball. It might have been a powerful movie stating the case for the U.S. Negro in terms that combined authenticity, drama and the irresistible appeal of an underdog's courageous fight to ultimate triumph. Fumbling, overtactful treatment has reduced it to considerably less. But the emotional potential of the film's raw material is so high that no ineptitude by the producers can keep the sparks entirely off the screen.

The best thing about the movie is Jackie Robinson...

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