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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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Complete credited cast:
Frank X. Farrell
Dolly Stevens
Eddie Shubert ...
Jack Mack
Lefty Crawford
Joe King ...
Johnson - Owner (as Joseph King)
Conductor (scenes deleted)
Spencer Charters ...


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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HE'S DIZZY! HE'S DAFFY!...what a laugh! See more »


Comedy | Romance | Sport


Not Rated | See all certifications »




Release Date:

15 June 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Don disculpas  »

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(Turner library print)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although this was the first film to be released of Olivia de Havilland, it was filmed after A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), the first film she had made. See more »


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 »


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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Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »


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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