Country bumpkin Elmer Kane joins the Chicago Cubs as the greatest hitter in baseball. His skill with a bat takes the team to the World Series, but on the way to the championship he has to deal with gamblers and crooked pitchers.
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Olivia de Havilland
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An adventuresome young man goes off to find himself and loses his socialite fiancée in the process. But when he returns 10 years later, she will stop at nothing to get him back, even though she is already married.
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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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 »
Frank X. Farrell:
[to Bess in reference to Dolly]
Promise? Say, I'd promise anything. Why, I'd get down on my knees right now if I didn't have water on the knee.
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Alibi Ike is a mildly amusing baseball comedy based on Ring Lardner's
character of a pitcher with an excuse for everything. It's a pretty
good example of Joe E. Brown's hayseed type character at the height of
his popularity. And of course because A Midsummer Night's Dream was
held up in release, Alibi Ike marks the debut of Olivia DeHavilland on
the silver screen.
Although Olivia has little enough to do in this film which is strictly
a Joe E. Brown show, she's one pretty thing here. She was only 19 when
she made this film and would have to wait through another film besides
this one and the Max Reinhardt extravaganza before settling into her
Warner Brothers niche as crinolined heroine, yearning for Errol Flynn
to win her as he did in Captain Blood.
Joe E. Brown took naturally to this role, possibly because he was known
as a very big baseball fan in real life. Playing his ever harried
manager in Alibi Ike is William Frawley who in real life was also known
as a baseball aficionado. Brown's son, Joe L. Brown didn't follow his
father into show business, he became a well respected baseball
executive best known as general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates world
championship team of 1960.
It's worth seeing the film alone to see how Joe E. Brown does that
exaggerated windmill windup when he pitches. Funny as all get out, but
in real life, a runner with the speed of Ernie Lombardi would have
stolen two bases on him. Who's Ernie Lombardi, a Hall of Fame catcher
with the Cincinnati Reds during this same period who was a legend for
his lack of speed.
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