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Alibi Ike (1935)

 -  Comedy | Romance | Sport  -  15 June 1935 (USA)
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Idiosyncratic new recruit Francis "Ike" Farrell tries to help the Cubs to the pennant with his pitching and hitting.

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Frank X. Farrell
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Dolly Stevens
Ruth Donnelly ...
Bess
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Carey
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Cap
Eddie Shubert ...
Jack Mack
Paul Harvey ...
Lefty Crawford
Joe King ...
Johnson - Owner (as Joseph King)
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Spencer Charters ...
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Gene Morgan ...
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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15 June 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Don disculpas  »

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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 19, 1937 with Joe E. Brown, William Frawley and Roscoe Karns reprising their film roles. Mr. and Mrs. Babe Ruth also guest starred in this broadcast. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Frank X. Farrell: [Sticking his head in the bathroom] Is this the men's washroom?
Cap: You'd be in a fine spot if it wasn't, wouldn't yuh?
Frank X. Farrell: [laughs] THat's why I looked first. I wanted to be sure.
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Connections

Referenced in Damn Yankees! (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Joe E. Brown but not Lardner
14 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The character of Alibi Ike was well known to the American public. There was not only Ring Lardner's short novel but a comic strip for a couple of years, with Ring Lardner as one of the strip's writers.

Lardner's prose was funny, but it was also an incisive exposure of the ignorance and bigotry of middle America of the 1920s. He was inditing a culture which was smug in its ignorance and prejudices. There is, of course, none of this in this Joe E. Brown comedy, designed mainly for Brown to do his familiar shtick while cruising along with a well used plot.

Warner Brothers was willing to bring social criticism into their films at this period (unlike the other studios), but they knew that it wouldn't work in a Joe E. Brown comedy. Brown's movies were designed for rural America (and were very successful), and rural America could laugh as Brown made fun of "citified ways", but they wouldn't have appreciated cogent criticism aimed at them. At least, they wouldn't have laughed.

So this is a fast comedy, pretty funny, especially for baseball fans and baseball historians.


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