Penny Marshall

A League of Their Own

Like her fellow Happy Days veteran-turned-director Ron Howard, Penny Marshall makes good but not exceptional movies. Unlike Howard, she hasn’t made very many, her last at the helm being Riding in Cars With Boys, which came out 13 years ago. In the meantime, she’s done some television, behind and in front of the camera, and a decade back she produced a few films, including Howard’s Cinderella Man. Now she’s ready to return to movie directing with the biopic Effa, about baseball Hall of Famer Effa Manley, and this is something we’re pretty excited about. For those who don’t know of Manley (and I admit I didn’t before hearing of the project), she was the first woman inducted into that honorable shrine to sports greats and she did so by being the co-owner and business manager of the Negro league team the Newark Eagles in the 1930s and 1940s. Women and baseball? Those two words should remind you of another movie that Marshall happened to also direct: A League of Their Own. We’ve shared our love for that 1992 period-set sports dramedy before, and now I’m really hoping that Effa will have a lot in common with it — besides just when it takes place and what American pastime it deals with, that is. Although Manley is an important figure in history, her movie needn’t be terribly serious. That’s not to say I wouldn’t love to see a rare great movie by Marshall, but when I think of serious biopics I think of Oscar-bait stuff, including those that don’t […]


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It can be tough to be a kid. That’s what 12 year old Josh Baskin learns when he’s told he’s too small to get on a ride at a fair. This is especially humiliating because he’s told he’s too short in front of the girl he has a crush on.



“We are the members of the All American League. We come from cities near & far. We have got Canadians, Irish ones & Swedes. We are all for one, we are one for all, we are all American!”



Remember all of those movies you love to sit around watching and loving and talking about? Some of them were directed by women. You didn’t even know that. Did you, you chauvinist pig?

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