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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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Frank X. Farrell
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Dolly Stevens
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Bess
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Carey
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Jack Mack
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Lefty Crawford
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Johnson - Owner (as Joseph King)
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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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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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15 June 1935 (USA)  »

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Don disculpas  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In the climactic game, Farrell hurriedly dons an over sized uniform. However, in his final at-bat, a long shot from behind the plate shows him in a uniform that fits him perfectly. 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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Heyyyyyy, Joe E. Brown Can Play!
9 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Despite seeing thousands of films including Joe E. Brown in his famous supporting role in "Some Like It Hot," I had never seen him in a starring role...until this was aired on TCM the other night. Being a baseball fan, too, I had a feeling this might be an entertaining film.....and it was!

Yes, it's goofy and some of the humor is very dated but Brown has a number of things going for him. First, he actually can throw and catch a baseball. The guy could play the game! That's unusual to see in classic-era feature films. Secondly, as in "Some Like It Hot," he's funny and he's a likable guy with that "heyyyyyyyyy" noise that, for some reason, always makes me laugh.

Brown plays "Frank Ferrell," a.k.a., "Alibi Ike," a Dizzy Dean-type rookie for the Cubs who winds up with Olivia de Havilland (as a 19-year-old, no less, making one of her first films) - and helping the Cubs, of course. (Boy, they could use him now.)

Along the way, we get some very entertaining baseball scenes. Ya gotta Joe E's windmill windup! "Ike's" romance with "Dolly" (de Havilland) takes up a fairly good chunk of the second half and noticeably slows down the movie. I almost lost interest. It doesn't pick up again until near the end with a wild baseball finish which includes the greatest "slide" at home plate I've ever seen!


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