Life's Greatest Game (1924)

Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |  
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Emory Johnson directed this baseball drama, written by his mother, screenwriter Emilie Johnson. Jack Donovan (Tom Santschi) is a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. He runs afoul of some crooks who are trying to fix the game and they retaliate by making it appear that his wife, Jean (Jane Thomas), is having an affair with Mike Moran, who runs a pool hall (David Kirby). Donovan angrily walks out on her and gives Moran a thrashing. Moran admits it was a setup, but by then, Jean and the couple's little boy (Dicky Brandon) have left for Europe. The ship they have taken hits an iceberg and they are reported lost. But Jean and the boy are alive, and 20 years later, Jack Donovan Jr. (Johnnie Walker) becomes a baseball player because his mother is in financial difficulties. He joins the New York Giants and recognizes his father, who is the manager. Still angry over the treatment his mother received, Jack Jr. decides to throw the World Series game when he is called in as a pinch hitter. But in the end, he can't go through with it and hits the winning home run. He receives word that his mother is ill, so he brings his father to her and the long-estranged couple are reunited. Jack Jr., meanwhile, becomes engaged to his sweetheart, Nora (Gertrude Olmstead).

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baseball, extramarital-affair, family-reunion, gambling, love, misunderstanding, rescue, separation, shipwreck