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Death on the Diamond (1934)

Passed | | Drama, Mystery | 14 September 1934 (USA)
Pop Clark is about to lose his baseball team, unless they can win the pennant so he can pay off debts. He hires ace player Larry Kelly to ensure the victory. As well as rival teams, ... See full summary »

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Hogan
Ted Healy ...
O'Toole
C. Henry Gordon ...
Karnes
Paul Kelly ...
Jimmie
David Landau ...
Pop Clark
DeWitt Jennings ...
Patterson
Edward Brophy ...
Grogan
Willard Robertson ...
Cato
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Mickey
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Higgins
Joe Sawyer ...
Spencer (as Joe Sauers)
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Pop Clark is about to lose his baseball team, unless they can win the pennant so he can pay off debts. He hires ace player Larry Kelly to ensure the victory. As well as rival teams, mobsters are trying to prevent the wins, and as the pennant race nears the end, Pop's star players begin to be killed, on and off the field. Can Larry romance Pop's daughter, win enough games, and still have time to stop a murderer before he strikes more than three times? Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Love finds a way--to solve the most baffling mystery in sports history!

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Drama | Mystery

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14 September 1934 (USA)  »

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A Mão Invisível  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Fred Graham was working in the MGM sound department and also played baseball semi-professionally in his off-time. He was hired to tutor star Robert Young in baseball techniques. He was also hired to double Nat Pendleton in his scenes as a catcher, thereby beginning an almost 40-year career as an actor and stuntman. See more »

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In a final scene, Young and Evans finally embrace and will soon have the kiss that ends this corny movie. But as they embrace, you see Robert Young's wedding ring on his hand. More than once. See more »

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game
(1908) (uncredited)
Music by Albert von Tilzer
Lyrics by Jack Norworth
Played during the opening and closing credits
Played as background music often
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An atmospheric mystery

As a mystery, Death on the Diamond contains all of the genre trappings to keep you guessing until the end. Nearly half of the cast is set up as "red herrings" and if the unmasking of the real killer is something of a disappointment, it really doesn't matter. The real reason to watch this curio is its cast. Robert Young, one of Hollywood's most underrated leading men, is fine as the cocky star pitcher; his opening scene with Madge Bellamy, who is equally good, crackles with snappy dialogue. Nat Pendleton, as a beefy slugger, and Ted Healy, as a touchy umpire, make a fine comic duo. [Healy's reaction to his pal's untimely demise is surprisingly touching.] And look fast for Walter Brennan as a hot dog vendor and Ward Bond as a cop. The film is rife with an atmosphere of golden age baseball, which helps elevate an average mystery into something imminently watchable.


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