Elmer, the Great (1933)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Romance, Sport  |  29 April 1933 (USA)
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Country bumpkin Elmer Kane joins the Chicago Cubs as the greatest hitter in baseball. His skill with a bat takes the team to the World Series, but on the way to the championship he has to deal with gamblers and crooked pitchers.



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Complete credited cast:
Patricia Ellis ...
Healy High-Hips
Claire Dodd ...
Walker (as Preston S. Foster)
Russell Hopton ...
Nick Kane (as Sterling Halloway)
Emma Dunn ...
Mrs. Kane
Charles C. Wilson ...
Mr. Wade (as Charles Wilson)
Charles Delaney ...
Johnny Abbott
Colonel Moffitt
Jerry (as J. Carroll Naish)
Gene Morgan ...


Elmer does not want to leave Gentryville, because Nellie is the one that he loves. Even when Mr. Wade of the Chicago Cubs comes to get him, it is only because Nellie spurns him that he goes. As always, Elmer is the king of batters and he wins game after game. When Nellie comes to see Elmer in Chicago, she sees him kissing Evelyn and she wants nothing to do with him anymore. So Healy takes him to a gambling club, where Elmer does not know that the chips are money. He finds that he owes the gamblers $5000 and they make him sign a note for it. Sad at losing Nellie, mad at his teammates and in debt to the gamblers, Elmer disappears as the Cubs are in the deciding game for the Series. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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29 April 1933 (USA)  »

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De Bom Tamanho  »

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Gale Gordon's first film. See more »


In the final World Series game the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees are seen playing in the pouring rain. The field is muddy and there are deep puddles of water. Generally, Major League Baseball teams will continue play in light to moderate rain but will suspend play if it is raining heavily or if there is standing water on the field. See more »


Elmer Kane: Warm up? Hell, I ain't been cool since February!
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Version of The Cowboy Quarterback (1939) See more »


Take Me Out to the Ball Game
(1908) (uncredited)
Music by Albert von Tilzer
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Elmer is Great!
31 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all, I'm a huge Joe E. Brown fan. I have loved him and his movies since I was about 12, and now I'm 17. Anyways, I think this is a fun movie, but of course not as hilarious and fantastic as Alibi Ike. Like the previous user said, those two movies (Alibi Ike and Elmer the Great) are very much similar, but different at the same time. And if you notice, you can see that Joe E. Brown's brother in the movie is Sterling Holloway, who also plays the Stork in some Disney cartoons, Winnie the Pooh, and he is also in "Meet John Doe". Frank McHugh is also a familiar face! He is in another movie with Joe E. Brown called "Son of a Sailor", where Joe plays the character named Handsome and Frank plays his side-kick. To all Joe E. Brown fans or anyone who enjoys that type of fun humor: This is a must see!! Thanks to Turner Classic Movies for showing many, many of his movies on his birthday (July 28).

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