Most of the videos you’ll find on this site are excerpts from full length HMS shows. But to give you a feel for what our studio audiences enjoyed, we’re happy to share this full length recording of our evening with producer/director Penny Marshall and actor Lori Petty talking about one of Penny’s most popular movies, “A League Of Their Own,” inspired by the true story of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, that was launched during WWII to provide American baseball fans with games while “the boys” were off fighting overseas.
For those who have yet to see this wonderful movie, the story centers on the sibling rivalry between two sisters who are part of the first roster of women playing for the Racine Peaches. Dottie (Gena Davis) becomes the team’s superstar both with the press and fans, leaving her kid sister Kit (Petty) feeling like she’s always in Dottie’s shadow. Tom Hanks plays Jimmy Dugan, a washed up major league player who’s been hired to manage the Peaches. Hanks gets to deliver one of the signature lines of dialogue in the movie when he proclaims, “there’s no crying in baseball.”
Penny and Lori talk about the origins of the movie, the casting process (including proving that the women cast could actually play credible baseball) and their memories of making the movie.