'THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY' (1950) and "The Making of '42'
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Monday, April 15TH of this year will mark the 72ND anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in major league baseball - signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
The historic debut was made at Brooklyn's legendary Ebbets Field before a crowd of over 26,000 spectators - an immortal moment recreated as part of the 1950 motion picture, The Jackie Robinson Story, in which the titular character is played by - well, the man himself!
In the story of the film Robinson attracts the attention of Major League Baseball's Branch Rickey (Minor Watson) after a successful baseball career in college and as a coach in the military. Rickey wants Robinson to play in the minor leagues, firmly believing that Jackie can become the first player to break the color barrier and play in the majors.
There's only one catch: Jack is forbidden from defending himself against racial bigotry. Supported by his wife (Ruby Dee), Robinson is steadfast in his determination to win, overcoming both racism and his own personal demons to persevere.
This inspiring story was most recently told again in the 2013 motion picture '42', much of which was filmed in Chattanooga in the spring and summer of the previous year, with the Scenic City's own Engel Stadium standing in for Ebbetts Field.
The Chattanooga SE TN Film Commission was at the heart of the maelstrom of bringing the film to the Gig City, wrangling permissions, facilitating cattle calls, and cutting through a forest of red tape to spark the enormous production engine that created the film.
Ms. CHRIS HOLLEY of the CHATTANOOGA SE TN FILM COMMISSION will be giving a rare behind-the-scenes view to the gargantuan process which much occur before the cameras roll.
6:00 PM - Heritage House doors open for informal/optional potluck with some of the crew of the film
7:00 PM - Screening of THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY (1950)
8:30 PM - The Making of '42' with The Chattanooga SE TN Film Commission's Chris Holley
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