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The Kid from Cleveland
The Kid From Cleveland (1949) poster.jpg
Directed byHerbert Kline
Written byHerbert Kline (Story)
John Bright
Produced byWalter Colmes
StarringGeorge Brent
Lynn Bari
Russ Tamblyn
Tommy Cook
Ann Doran
Louis Jean Heydt
K. Elmo Lowe
John Beradino
CinematographyJack Marta
Edited byJason H. Bernie
Music byNathan Scott
Herbert Kline Productions
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release dates
  • September 2, 1949 (1949-09-02) (Cleveland)
  • September 5, 1949 (1949-09-05) (U.S.)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Kid from Cleveland is a 1949 sports drama film starring George Brent, Lynn Bari and Russ Tamblyn, directed by Herbert Kline, and released by Republic Pictures.

The real-life Indians had just won the 1948 World Series, and many of the team's players made appearances in the film, as well as owner Bill Veeck, co-owner and former Major League Baseball star Hank Greenberg, and then current coach and Baseball Hall-of-Famer Tris Speaker. Also featured were the team's then current and former ballparks, Cleveland Municipal Stadium and League Park. Several Cleveland Indians and Boston Braves players also appear in the film in archive baseball footage segments from the 1948 World Series. Footage of football of the Cleveland Browns and hockey of the Cleveland Barons is also featured.


A troubled teenaged fan is helped by his favorite baseball team, the Cleveland Indians. The kid attracts the attention of sportscaster Mike Jackson alongside Bill Veeck and Hank Greenberg, who spot him on the field imitating a baseball game after he sneaks into Cleveland Stadium on the eve of Game 5 of the World Series. A curious case of truths and lies follow after the sportscaster takes the kid to his home after he told him that he was an orphan, with the first being that he actually has a stepfather in Carl Novak, one who berates him for his running away stunt, which only helps to make Johnny seep into a life of lying and stealing. Johnny even runs away to the spring training camp of the Indians and says that Carl hit him, which leads to his assistant batboy job going away when Mike tells Carl where Johnny is. A friend lures Johnny into helping to steal a car, but a police raid and a near-stabbing stopped by Johnny leads to leniency in juvenile hall. The Indians are pulled into it when Mike tries to adopt Johnny and has the players act as Johnny's godfathers. The nature of Johnny's problem with his stepfather is revealed to involve his mother having locked away the belongings of Johnny's father in a footlocker after he died right before telling him about her new husband, which led to an antagonism between the two. The Novaks keep custody of their child to the approval of Mike. Johnny makes up with Carl, who had secretly been saving money to go to architectural school, just as his father had studied at when he was a boy.


Cleveland Indians in the cast

as themselves:

Uncredited Cleveland Indians in the cast

(as themselves)

Baseball umpires (special thanks given in the credits)