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Kill the Umpire (1950)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Sport  |  27 April 1950 (USA)
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Ex-baseball player Bill Johnson (William Bendix'), failing at many jobs when his ball-playing days are over, reluctantly takes the advice of his father-in-law, Jonah Evans (Ray Collins), a ... See full summary »

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Ex-baseball player Bill Johnson (William Bendix'), failing at many jobs when his ball-playing days are over, reluctantly takes the advice of his father-in-law, Jonah Evans (Ray Collins), a retired umpire, and enters an umpire-training school. Assigned to the Texas League, he does fine until the championship play-offs when a riot develops over one of his calls. The involved player is knocked unconscious in the proceedings and cannot verify that Bill made the correct call. Despite lynch mob plans to at least tar-and-feather him, Bill's family - his daughters Lucy (Gloria Henry and Susan (Connie Marshall ) and his wife Betty (Una Merkel) - help Bill reach the ballpark safely the next day through a series of hair-raising encounters. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Released three years before William Bendix's The Life of Riley TV sitcom debuted, the cast also includes future Riley regulars Tom D'Andrea and Henry Kulky. See more »

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The movie is set in Saint Petersburg FL. The first exhibition game is broadcast on TV by KXIW. However, states east of the Mississippi have TV stations with call letters that begin with the letter W. See more »

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One of the funniest baseball movies I have seen.
5 February 2000 | by (Manteca, California) – See all my reviews

I saw this film over 20 years ago for the first and only time on an old reel to reel projector. I have been unable to find anyone who can produce it in video form, but if I could I would surely make it a part of my collection. It is one of the best baseball films ever made. William Bendix gave a great performance and the chase scene at the end was a classic. I hope that somehow it can be found to be in circulation. I love the old classics of the 30's, 40's and 50's. This was a fun film.


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