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
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When this film was first released to TV in 1956, the sequences involving the gamblers and their attempts to have Ike "throw" the game were practically eliminated, reducing the length of the film by 20 minutes, unnoticed on commercial TV. The appearance of "Lefty", the head of the gambling syndicate, was reduced to just one scene as a spectator in the stands commenting on the game. Additionally, Ike arriving late for a game, arrives at the ballpark in a delivery vehicle pulling a convoy of cars. In the 50s TV edited version, this hysterical event appears to viewers to be only the result of Ike's notorious chicanery. In the restored version, we see that Ike first actually wound up within the convoy as he was being chased by the gamblers. See more »
In the final game at the end of the movie, the opposing team is constantly referred to as the Giants when their uniforms clearly show them as the Cardinals. See more »
Frank X. Farrell:
[to Bess in reference to Dolly]
Promise? Say, I'd promise anything. Why, I'd get down on my kness right now if I didn't have water on the knee.
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I loved Lardner's short story and didn't really expect movie to have same punch. That said I love this movie; yeah, I'm a sucker for old movies. They didn't go on forever, had good pacing and terrific dialogue. This one fits the category. Joe E Brown is "goshdarnit" fun as Ike and just can't help himself. I've known people like this who have an excuse for everything. Yes, it's one joke but it's a funny one!
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