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Kill the Umpire (1950)

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

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Bill 'Two Call' Johnson
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Betty Johnson
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Jonah Evans
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Lucy Johnson
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Bob Landon (as Richard Taylor)
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Former baseball player Bill Johnson, portrayed by 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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Three years after this film was released, Tom D'Andrea would co-star again with William Bendix, this time in Bendix's series The Life of Riley (1953), in which he played Riley's neighbor Jim Gillis. Henry Kulky, also in this film, was a regular on "The Life of Riley", too. See more »

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Several large mountain ranges are visible in background of ballpark scenes set in St. Petersburg, Florida, an area that has no mountains. See more »

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You just have to love it....
16 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

it will make you laugh..... make you smile.... and make you feel good like fine entertainment should. The umpire in baseball today should be made to watch this so they can remember why they are umpiring.

Watch it, it is top shelf!!!!


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