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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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Suzie Johnson
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Roscoe Snooker
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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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Film debut of Jeff Richards. 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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Absolute Best

This is one of (if not the) best baseball movies ever made. I remember watching it every spring as I grew up, and never tired of it. I can't understand why it has never been released to video, or why it never is played on the classic movie channels.

If you can find it, buy it (or record it), you won't be sorry.


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