FEAR STRIKES OUT, 1957
Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Karl Malden, Norma Moore
True story of the life of Jimmy Piersall, who battled mental illness to achieve stardom in major league baseball.
Here’s what the critics have to say:
Fear holds up well, and the climactic showdown between father and son offers a tremendously appealing resolution.
Fear Strikes Out rolls Frank Merriwell and Sigmund Freud into a ball and then lines it out for a solid hit.
Anthony Perkins, in the young Piersall role, delivers a remarkably sustained performance of a sensitive young man, pushed too fast to the limits of his ability to cope with life’s pressures.
Mr. Perkins plays the young fellow excellently, not only conveying the gathering torment but also actually looking like a ballplayer on the field.
It’s a little poky and tentative, but a promising start by the Pakula-Mulligan team.
Absorbing, but rather clinical, in the rubber-gloves style of 50s television drama.