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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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Complete credited cast:
Frank X. Farrell
Dolly Stevens
Eddie Shubert ...
Jack Mack
Lefty Crawford
Joe King ...
Johnson - Owner (as Joseph King)
Conductor (scenes deleted)
Spencer Charters ...


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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a 4-BASE Hit! See more »


Comedy | Romance | Sport


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Release Date:

15 June 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Don disculpas  »

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(Turner library print)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sam McDaniel (Porter) and Dick Winslow (Bellboy) are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members for their roles, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. Joseph Crehan is credited as "Conductor," but he also was not seen. 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: 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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Follows Elmer, the Great (1933) See more »


Tell Me Again
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Farrell runs into the guys playing cards in the hotel lobby
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Very Pleasant Movie for a Sunday Afternoon
21 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is a nice, enjoyable way to spend a weekend afternoon. Nothing heavy or terribly dramatic, just the very comical and entertaining Joe E. Brown, backed by an able supporting cast.

Brown is perfect as Alibi Ike, a baseball player who is a chronic liar but somehow manages to be likable despite this rather serious fault. Olivia de Havilland is young, very pretty, and engaging as Brown's somewhat frustrated but ultimately successful fiancé. And it's a treat to see William Frawley -- crusty old Fred Mertz himself -- as the baseball manager. Frawley was a real-life baseball fanatic, so he probably really enjoyed making this movie.

I loved Brown's crazy unique wind-up before pitching the baseball. He seems to be great with physical comedy. I think I read somewhere (can't remember where, so consider this unverified) that in real life Brown was very athletic, and the reason he wore full business suits, long sleeved shirts, and loose fitting baseball uniforms throughout this movie was that his rock hard abs and well-defined biceps conflicted with the loose and easy-going character he portrayed on the screen.

Got a free afternoon or evening? I'd recommend giving this film a try. And thanks to Turner Classic Movies for broadcasting the "uncensored" version of Alibi Ike! (See the Trivia section of the IMDb Alibi Ike site for more information.)

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