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Kill the Umpire (1950)

 -  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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Tom D'Andrea went on to star with William Bendix for five years on the series The Life of Riley. He played his neighbor Jim Gillis. See more »

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When Bill Johnson (William Bendix) is bouncing around in the locker room of the umpire school, support wires are clearly visible during the final bounce. See more »

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Classic old baseball movie
6 June 2003 | by (Germantown, MD) – See all my reviews

This is one of the great early movies about baseball. William Bendix is the perfect "Two Call Johnson" and William Frawley is outstanding as the owner of the umpire school. While it has several slapstick-style sight gags, it captures a man's love for the game. There's nothing brilliant about the storyline, but it rates as the Swiss chocolate of mind candy.

I only wish it were available on DVD.


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