Next Screening? “The Spy Behind Home Plate”

You saw “The Catcher was a Spy,” right?

Maybe it was just me.

Read the book it was based on? Not just me, but he does seem to be one of those figures whose story attracts a lot of biographers in print and on film. Lots of documentaries, even on ESPN about him, plenty of books and articles.

All of this written and filmed about Morris “Moe” Berg, Jewish baseball star of the 1930s who became an agent for the OSS, the precursor for the CIA in WWII.

He spoke seven languages “and couldn’t hit in any of’em,” a baseball wag of the day joked. Great catcher, slow at the plate.

Princeton grad, Columbia Law, quiz show star, lawyer, polymath…

Now he’s the subject of the latest Aviva Kempner documentary. She’s a crackerjack Jewish filmmaker who specializes in docs about Jewish pop culture figures, baseball star Hank Greenberg, philanthropist Julius Rosenwald and radio and early TV star Gertrude Berg.

The new film is “The Spy Behind the Plate,” and it premieres the 11th and opens later in May.


About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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