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 »
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 <email@example.com>
'Franchot Tone' was initially cast in the role of "Larry" but was replaced by Robert Young prior to the start of production. See more »
When the game resumes, after the bad guy is caught, the camera pans across the scoreboard to show that the game is tied, 2-2. The radio announcer then states, "Cincinnati hasn't scored since Kelly threw that ball into the dugout and let the tying run come in." Cincinnati was the visiting team and the last run it scored, in the top of the second inning, would have made the score 2-1 (Cincinnati leading). It would not have been a tying run. See more »
"Death On The Diamond" traps a pretty solid cast into a cheesy murder mystery. This picture trots out every baseball and murder mystery cliché and contrivance known to Hollywood, and puts them all into an underwhelming movie that wastes 70 minutes of our time. A ball player leans against the dugout wall as a hand reaches out from a darkened stairway ... A dying player staggers into the locker room, and answers the Big Question, saying, "The murderer is..." before collapsing on the floor dead... A player running home with the winning run is shot between third and home plate... A missing player falls face first out of an empty locker... Heard enough?
Robert Young does his best, aided by Madge Evans and Paul Kelly, but the obstacles are daunting, first off a hackneyed script, and second, comic relief is supplied by Ted Healy, perhaps the most obnoxiously unfunny comic (?) in Hollywood's long history. Last, but not least, even I guessed the murderer halfway through. This is a serious flaw, because I am the worst mystery guesser on the East Coast, maybe the country. So, in view of the preceding, I had no choice but to give the movie a mediocre rating of five.
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