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Alibi Ike (1935) Poster

(1935)

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All the uncredited roles of major league players were played by current or former professional baseball players.
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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.
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Sam McDaniel (Porter) and Dick Winslow (Bellboy) are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members for their roles, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. Joseph Crehan is credited as "Conductor," but he also was not seen.
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"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.
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When this film 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 commenting on the game. Additionally, Ike arriving late for a game, arrives at the ballpark in a delivery vehicle pulling a convoy of cars. In the 50s TV edited version, this hysterical event appears to viewers to be only the result of Ike's notorious chicanery. In the restored version, we see that Ike first actually wound up within the convoy as he was being chased by the gamblers.
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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.
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The first Major LBeague night game was played on May 24, 1935 between Philadelphia ans Cincinnati. The Reds won 2-1 at Crosley Field.
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