Admittedly, there are weaknesses in 42, but I think Alan that you missed perhaps the most important "saving grace" of the film. It is simply this, that prejudice is a learned response, as seen in the little boy who reluctantly joined his father in the racial epitaths he hurled at Jackie, and that in the light of day and the great strength and power of Jackie Robinson both on and off the field, even bigots were challenged to reassess their unfounded fears, hatred, and prejudices as so many of that era wound up loving Jackie, and rooting for him and for the Dodgers. A no less than great feat considering the still maturing America of the times. I was born in 1949, and he was one of my heroes as I grew up, and his skin color made no difference to me. I think the post WW2 era also showed that when men of different colors, and races, wound up living, and dying, and saveing each other, that also was a seed in the germination of our present, not perfect, but better America.