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Pinch Hitter/The Busher [DVD]
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The Busher
As might be guessed by the title, The Busher is a baseball film. Charles Ray plays Ben Harding, a country greenhorn who is the hired hand of Deacon Nasby (Otto Hoffman) and pitcher for the local team. A group of major league players and their manager get stuck in town when railroad trouble causes a layover, and they discover Ben's talents. They send him a telegram, asking him to join the team, and his girl, Mazie Palmer (Colleen Moore) bids him a tearful farewell. But success goes to Ben's head and when the hometown folk come to see him play, he screws up the game and loses. The manager fires him and he goes back to work for Deacon and learns to be humble. But all is not lost for Ben -- his successor disappears and he is called into play once again. This time he pitches a great game and ends up victorious. Ray had great support in this film -- not only did he have future star Colleen Moore as his leading lady, John Gilbert, who was also headed for stardom, had a featured role too. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

The Pinch Hitter
In this light comedy, Charles Ray does a typical turn as a country bumpkin who makes good. Ray plays Joel Parker, who is sent to college by his crabby farmer father (Joseph J. Dowling) only because it was his mother's dying wish that he get an education. At college, he's immediately pegged as a chump and is constantly victimized by the other students, headed by Jimmie Slater (Jerome Storm). Only Abbie Nettleton (Sylvia Bremer), who works at the campus bakery, has any sympathy for him. Joel does become mascot of the baseball team, but only because Coach Nolan (Louis Durham) believes that such a nincompoop will bring the team luck. The ending is easily guessed -- that's right, Joel winds up being thrown into the big game at the last minute, hits a homer, and wins both the game and the girl. Ray's charisma, however, made such predictability easy to swallow. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Colleen Moore
    Colleen Moore
  • Charles Ray
    Charles Ray
  • Margaret Livingston
    Margaret Livingston
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