Anthology / Drama / Sports / Made for TV Movie
Directed by John Ford
James Stewart as Slim Conway
John Wayne as Michael Morris, Home Plate Umpire
Jack Warden as Baseball Commissioner
Patrick Wayne as Bill Riley
Tige Andrews as Gaby Lasalle
Carleton Young as Rex Short
Don Drysdale as Gomer
Harry Carey Jr. as Baseball player in dugout
Vin Scully as Announcer
Edgar Buchanan as Crab Holman
Disgraced baseball player Slim Conway is drummed out of the league on false accusations of bribery. Sometime later, Slim discovers and befriends a young player who has considerable talent, Bill Riley. Slim takes Riley under his wing, which at first proves to be a detriment, as Riley must emerge from beneath the cloud cast by Slim's dubious reputation. However, in doing so, Riley and Slim discover evidence that clears Slim's name.
Broadcast on television as an episode of the anthology series Alcoa Premiere hosted by Fred Astaire.
Flashing Spikes made television history by bringing together some of the greatest talent in movie history for a television drama. Directed by John Ford and starring James Stewart and John Wayne (which surprised audiences because he was billed as Michael Morris in the credits).
Fred Astaire was the narrator for Flashing Spikes.
The music for the one hour drama was done by none other than John Williams, the famous composer of the scores for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T. and many other hit films.
Flashing Spikes also featured a cast of baseball legends including Vin Scully, Harry Carey Jr. and Don Drysdale.
The same year, 1962, most of this same crew would create the legendary film, The Man Who Shot Liberty Vallance. James Stewart, John Wayne, director John Ford, cinematographer William H. Clothier would be involved with both projects.