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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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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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Great values beneath the slapstick
20 December 2000 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

I love this film. It speaks of passion for baseball and for the truth. It also is quite a period piece (the telephone-wire "repair" scene is tops) and showcases a great chase climax worthy of the best Keystone Kops sequences. Overarching is the perfect-fit casting of William Bendix. Worth a look when it airs on some obscure cable channel.


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