Follow the Sun (film)

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Follow the Sun
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sidney Lanfield
Produced by Samuel G. Engel (uncredited)[citation needed]
Written by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan
Starring Glenn Ford
Anne Baxter
Dennis O'Keefe
June Havoc
Music by Cyril J. Mockridge
Cinematography Leo Tover
Edited by Barbara McLean
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • May 1951 (1951-05)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,150,000 (US rentals)[1]

Follow the Sun is a 1951 biographical film of the life of golf legend Ben Hogan. It stars Glenn Ford as Hogan and Anne Baxter as his wife. Many golfers and sports figures of the day appear in the movie.

Plot summary[edit]

In Fort Worth, Texas, Ben Hogan (Glenn Ford) works as a golf caddy to help support his family. He romances and marries Valerie Fox (Anne Baxter), then with her support, decides to become a professional golfer. At first, Hogan has little success, but he gradually improves. Meanwhile, the Hogans become friends with Chuck Williams (Dennis O'Keefe), a popular fellow pro.

After serving in the military for World War II, Hogan returns to golfing and eventually becomes a top player. However, he has acquired an image of a robotic, cold competitor.

After winning a tournament (beating Williams), Hogan is very seriously injured in a car accident. Doctors hold out little hope for him walking, let alone golfing again. During his convalescence, Hogan is amazed to by the outpouring of regard from his fans. Through sheer determination, he recovers and goes on to become one of the great golfers of his time.


Radio adaptation[edit]

Follow the Sun was presented on Lux Radio Theatre March 10, 1952. The one-hour adaptation starred Anne Baxter and Gary Merrill.[2]


  1. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1951', Variety, January 2, 1952
  2. ^ Kirby, Walter (March 9, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 42. Retrieved May 25, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read

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