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Alibi Ike (1935)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance, Sport | 15 June 1935 (USA)
Idiosyncratic new recruit Francis "Ike" Farrell tries to help the Cubs to the pennant with his pitching and hitting.

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Frank X. Farrell
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Dolly Stevens
Ruth Donnelly ...
Bess
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Carey
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Cap
Eddie Shubert ...
Jack Mack
Paul Harvey ...
Lefty Crawford
Joe King ...
Johnson - Owner (as Joseph King)
Joseph Crehan ...
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Spencer Charters ...
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Gene Morgan ...
Smitty
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Rookie pitcher Francis "Ike" Farrell comes seemingly out of nowhere to help the Cubs go for the pennant. His idiosyncratic ways, which include excuses and alibis for everything, drive his manager and fiancee crazy in this baseball farce. Written by Jerry Milani <jerry@newyorkcity.com>

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THe man with a million excuses! See more »

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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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15 June 1935 (USA)  »

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Don disculpas  »

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(Turner library print)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although this was the first film to be released of Olivia de Havilland, it was filmed after A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), the first film she had made. See more »

Goofs

The plot hinges on the lights being turned out at the Chicago Cubs' ballpark during a night game, so the hero can change into a uniform. Wrigley Field, the Cubs' home field, did not have lights installed until 1988. See more »

Quotes

Frank X. Farrell: Hey, what is this, anyway?
Lefty Crawford: This is a Christmas party and we're playing Santa Claus.
Frank X. Farrell: What do you mean, Santa Claus?
Lefty Crawford: Oh, quit kidding. We're giving you a choice. We're either going to fill your stocking or your coffin! Understand? Now, we're giving you a big opportunity. You can be a rich young man if you're smart.
Frank X. Farrell: Tryin' to bribe me, is that the idea? Well, there's not a chance. I can't be bought. Not a chance.
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Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

The Man on the Flying Trapeze
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Gaston Lyle
Lyrics by George Leybourne
Sung a cappella by Joe E. Brown
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Time to appreciate Joe E. Brown
18 April 2001 | by (Annandale, VA) – See all my reviews

I had previously known Joe E. Brown more from brief clips and caricatures than from anything else, and I managed to completely forget the fact that he had done a wonderful job in a small role in "Some Like it Hot". Therefore, it was a pleasant surprise for me to discover that he was much more than just a goofy looking large-mouthed guy yelling "heeeyyyyyyy!". In this film, he does an excellent job portraying Alibi Ike, the small town hot-shot rookie pitcher with an excuse for everything. Even when he does everything right, he's got an excuse for why he didn't do better.

While helping his team win the pennant, he doesn't want to admit to the boys that he's actually fallen for a girl. His teammates, who are fully aware of what is going on, playfully goad him into one crazy excuse after another as he refuses to admit his romance. Brown gets excellent support here from Olivia de Havilland as his love interest and William Frawley ("Fred Mertz") as his grumpy manager, making this a thoroughly enjoyable film.


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