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 "Alibi Ike" 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. Additionally, Ike arriving late for a game, enters the ballpark in a delivery vehicle that is towing autos. In the 50s edited version, what appears to be a usual prank on Ike's part is actually the result of Ike fleeing 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:
[Sticking his head in the bathroom]
Is this the men's washroom?
You'd be in a fine spot if it wasn't, wouldn't yuh?
Frank X. Farrell:
THat's why I looked first. I wanted to be sure.
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Joe E. Brown was a funny man. Here he recreates the over-confident rube character he played in 'Elmer The Great', but the plot is very thin here. As someone already mentioned this is a one-joke movie and Joe E. milks it for all it's worth but it becomes tedious about half-way through.
Without going into detail, the plot is formulaic and predictable, about a braggart pitcher from the minor leagues who becomes a sensation and falls in love with Olivia DeHavilland along the way. William Frawley is his manager and Roscoe Karns is his best friend. But Brown is the whole show and gets a lot of mileage out of his character, which first appeared in 'Elmer The Great'. Personally, I thought 'Elmer' was a better picture and a lot of what he did in it is recycled here, just not as well.
I give a rating of 5 and the picture's appeal is mainly for his fans. One again, TCM comes through for all us old-time movie fans.
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