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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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Cap
Eddie Shubert ...
Jack Mack
Paul Harvey ...
Lefty Crawford
Joe King ...
Johnson - Owner (as Joseph King)
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Smitty
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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)  »

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Don disculpas  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

All the uncredited roles of major league players were played by current or former professional baseball players. 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

Reporter: Well, Cap, what's your idea about the club this season?
Cap: You couldn't send my ideas about this club through the mail.
Reporter: [laughs] So, you don't think they look so promising. eh?
Cap: [Sarcastically] Sure, they look promising. Promising to finish eighth!
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Connections

Follows Elmer, the Great (1933) 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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Time to appreciate Joe E. Brown
18 April 2001 | by (Silver Spring, MD) – See all my reviews

I had previously known Joe E. Brown more from brief clips and caricatures than from anything else, and I managed to completely forget the fact that he had done a wonderful job in a small role in "Some Like it Hot". Therefore, it was a pleasant surprise for me to discover that he was much more than just a goofy looking large-mouthed guy yelling "heeeyyyyyyy!". In this film, he does an excellent job portraying Alibi Ike, the small town hot-shot rookie pitcher with an excuse for everything. Even when he does everything right, he's got an excuse for why he didn't do better.

While helping his team win the pennant, he doesn't want to admit to the boys that he's actually fallen for a girl. His teammates, who are fully aware of what is going on, playfully goad him into one crazy excuse after another as he refuses to admit his romance. Brown gets excellent support here from Olivia de Havilland as his love interest and William Frawley ("Fred Mertz") as his grumpy manager, making this a thoroughly enjoyable film.


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