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Elmer, the Great (1933)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance, Sport | 29 April 1933 (USA)
Country bumpkin Elmer Kane joins the Chicago Cubs as the greatest hitter in baseball. His skill with a bat takes the team to the World Series, but on the way to the championship he has to deal with gamblers and crooked pitchers.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Ring Lardner (based on a play by), George M. Cohan (based on a play by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joe E. Brown ... Elmer Kane
Patricia Ellis ... Nellie Poole
Frank McHugh ... Healy High-Hips
Claire Dodd ... Evelyn Corey
Preston Foster ... Dave Walker (as Preston S. Foster)
Russell Hopton ... Whitey
Sterling Holloway ... Nick Kane (as Sterling Halloway)
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Kane
Charles C. Wilson ... Mr. Wade (as Charles Wilson)
Charles Delaney ... Johnny Abbott
Berton Churchill ... Colonel Moffitt
J. Carrol Naish ... Jerry (as J. Carroll Naish)
Gene Morgan ... Noonan
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Storyline

Elmer does not want to leave Gentryville, because Nellie is the one that he loves. Even when Mr. Wade of the Chicago Cubs comes to get him, it is only because Nellie spurns him that he goes. As always, Elmer is the king of batters and he wins game after game. When Nellie comes to see Elmer in Chicago, she sees him kissing Evelyn and she wants nothing to do with him anymore. So Healy takes him to a gambling club, where Elmer does not know that the chips are money. He finds that he owes the gamblers $5000 and they make him sign a note for it. Sad at losing Nellie, mad at his teammates and in debt to the gamblers, Elmer disappears as the Cubs are in the deciding game for the Series. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De Bom Tamanho See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 5, 1936 with Joe E. Brown reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

In the final World Series game the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees are seen playing in the pouring rain. The field is muddy and there are deep puddles of water. Generally, Major League Baseball teams will continue play in light to moderate rain but will suspend play if it is raining heavily or if there is standing water on the field. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Kane: [while serving Elmer a hearty breakfast of eggs, pancakes, syrup, sausage, bacon, toast, juice, and coffee] Would you like a piece of apple pie, too?
Elmer Kane: Yes, bring it in, I'll flirt with it.
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Version of Fast Company (1929) See more »

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game
(1908) (uncredited)
Music by Albert von Tilzer
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
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Joe E.
27 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Elmer the Great (1933)

*** (out of 4)

Second film in Joe E Brown's trilogy has him playing a slugger living in a small town in Indiana. When the Chicago Cubs come to sign him at first he does want to go but he eventually does a gets the team in the World Series but being the idiot he is, gets in trouble with gamblers. This is a step up from the first film but I'd still say the third one is the best of the trilogy. Brown is in top form here and adds a lot of laughs but the serious side with the gamblers is handled very well. I guess there's an added bonus in the fact that Chicago's other team had their own gambling scandal a decade earlier. It was also nice seeing Wrigley Field way back when even though it doesn't look too much different today.


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