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Hot Curves (1930)

Revolving around a baseball team, one player lets his ego run his life, and in turn looses the girl he is dating (who happens to be the team's manager's daughter). The second player is more... See full summary »


Norman Taurog


Andrew Percival Younger (story) (as A.P. Younger), Earle Snell (screen play)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Benny Rubin ... Benny Goldberg
Pert Kelton ... Cookie
Rex Lease ... Jim Dolan
Alice Day ... Elaine McGrew
Paul Hurst ... 'Slug', Baseball Player
Natalie Moorhead ... Maizie
Mary Carr ... 'Grandma' Dolan
John Ince ... Baseball-Team Manager McGrew
Mike Donlin ... Baseball Team Scout
Roy D'Arcy ... Kelsey
Henry Hall ... Baseball Team Owner
Marceline Day ... Girl
Robert Livingston ... Baseball Player (as Robert Randall)
Greta Granstedt ... Girlfriend
James Wilcox James Wilcox ... Baseball Player


Revolving around a baseball team, one player lets his ego run his life, and in turn looses the girl he is dating (who happens to be the team's manager's daughter). The second player is more of a comic relief, he is a great pitcher but is terrible at catching. He in turn is dating a somewhat odd girl.

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I'LL TELL THE WORLD- ALL BASES ARE FULL OF LOVE LAUGHTER AND THRILLS -in- This great love story of hearts on the baseball diamond! (Print Ad- Amsterdam Evening Recorder, ((Amsterdam NY)) 5 September 1930)


Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport







Release Date:

15 June 1930 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Tiffany Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A copy is preserved at the Library of Congress. See more »

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The basic story idea is sound but the film was way too rushed and this seriously compromised the picture.
22 February 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Hot Curves" is a film that made me a bit frustrated. While the basic story idea wasn't bad, the execution was awful...mostly because the story was so rushed and often made little sense as a result.

The film begins at a baseball training camp. Jim (Rex Lease) is a terrible pitcher but he somehow makes the team. Another new guy, Benny (Benny Rubin), appears terrible and out of place but WOW can he pitch! The two become roommates and instantly Jim becomes a star pitcher AND a totally conceited jerk-face. You don't see him winning any games...they just announce he's a star. You don't see a progression to jerk-face...he's just one the instant he meets a sleazy dame. Had there been some progression in both areas, it really could have been a much better film.

Everything comes to a head when Jim's sweet grandmother comes to see him. It's her birthday and he's supposed to spend it with her...but instead is out making time with his evil hoochie mama. Benny is a real stand up guy (as well as walking Jewish stereotype) and tries to cover for Jim but Jim is a drunk jerk-face and makes a fool of himself and uses Benny badly. The coach has had enough and suspends Jim indefinitely. Can Jim somehow redeem himself by the end of the movie? Will the nice girl manage to get through to this idiot?! What do you think!!

So what we have is an early version of a very familiar morality tale. You can see bits of this film in some of the Joe E. Brown pictures as well as "The Natural"...among other movies. But as I already mentioned, it all moves way too quickly and adding an extra 10-15 minutes to the story would have helped tremendously. Also, seeing baseball footage (other than at the very beginning and end) would have helped because it seemed little like a baseball tale during much of the film. Finally, although Pert Kelton was probably a nice person and was nice as the first Alice from "The Honeymooners", here she's rather annoying and easy to hate.

By the way, earlier in 1930, Lease and Rubin also made a nearly identical film but about football called "Sunny Skies".

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