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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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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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Bedste mand på holdet  »

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The first Major League Baseball night game was played on May 24, 1935 between Philadelphia ans Cincinnati. The Reds won 2-1 at Crosley Field. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Lefty Crawford: Alright. You'll have your money just before the game. Only, don't forget! We'll be watching every move you make.
Frank X. Farrell: Ha-ha-ha. What do you think I am, a fan dancer?
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Referenced in Damn Yankees (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

The Words Are in My Heart
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Farrell is first introduced to Dolly
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Up On The Mound With Mr. Brown
8 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

Known as ALIBI IKE for his never-ending excuses, the brash new pitcher for the Chicago Cubs becomes involved with nasty crooks and a very pretty young lady.

Comic Joe E. Brown has a grand time clowning about in this sporting comedy based on a Ring Lardner story. Although many of the jokes & situations are very similar to his previous films, Brown is always worth watching, his huge mouth & rubbery face perfectly fashioned for eliciting laughs. Whether careening about the infield in a runaway jalopy, attempting an escape from kidnappers or commandeering a huge truck to get to the ball field, Brown consistently delivers the comedic goods.

Lovely Olivia de Havilland scores a home run, playing Joe's girlfriend in one of her earliest film roles. Gruff William Frawley does a fine job as the Cub's stern coach. Ruth Donnelly plays Olivia's older sister, but unfortunately this wonderfully talented comedienne is given little to do. Roscoe Karns is fun as the team's sarcastic catcher.

This was the last of Joe E. Brown's Baseball Trilogy, following FIREMAN, SAVE MY CHILD (1932) & ELMER, THE GREAT (1933).


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