Free: Watch Jackie Robinson Star in The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)

This weekend, the new Jackie Robinson biopic, 42, opened up well in the box offices, bringing in $27.3 million in ticket sales. That puts it at the top of the charts, which is a real rarity for a baseball film.

This isn’t the first time Jackie Robinson’s story has been told on film. And today we’re bringing you another noteworthy production, The Jackie Robinson Story from 1950. As reviewers are quick to note, it’s not a work of art. It’s a simple film with low production values. But, it has one thing that other Jackie Robinson films do not — Jackie Robinson playing himself, and quite well at that. Running 76 minuters, the fast-paced film takes the audience through the life and times of the great baseball player and civil rights figure. His youth, college football days, military service, minor league career, amazing 1949 season with the Brooklyn Dodgers — they all get covered here.

The Jackie Robinson Story (which is now in the public domain) has been added to our collection of 525 Free Movies Online.

via Slate

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