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Death on the Diamond (1934)

Passed | | Drama, Mystery, Sport | 14 September 1934 (USA)
Pop Clark is about to lose his baseball team, unless they can win the pennant so he can pay off debts. He hires ace player Larry Kelly to ensure the victory. As well as rival teams, ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward Sedgwick

Writers:

Harvey F. Thew (screen play) (as Harvey Thew), Joseph Sherman (screen play) (as Joe Sherman) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Young ... Larry Evans
Madge Evans ... Frances Clark
Nat Pendleton ... Harry O'Toole
Ted Healy ... 'Truck' Hogan
C. Henry Gordon ... Joe Karnes
Paul Kelly ... Jimmy Downey
David Landau ... 'Pop' Clark
DeWitt Jennings ... Patterson
Edward Brophy ... Grogan
Willard Robertson ... Cato
Mickey Rooney ... Mickey
Robert Livingston ... Higgins
Joe Sawyer ... Spencer (as Joe Sauers)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carmen Gould Carmen Gould
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Storyline

Pop Clark is about to lose his baseball team, unless they can win the pennant so he can pay off debts. He hires ace player Larry Kelly to ensure the victory. As well as rival teams, mobsters are trying to prevent the wins, and as the pennant race nears the end, Pop's star players begin to be killed, on and off the field. Can Larry romance Pop's daughter, win enough games, and still have time to stop a murderer before he strikes more than three times? Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Love triumphs over a mysterious killer as the Cardinals battle for the World's Series. (Print Ad- Sunday Sun, ((Vancouver BC)) 10 November 1934) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mão Invisível See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Several old-time baseball players were supposedly cast in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When the game resumes, after the bad guy is caught, the camera pans across the scoreboard to show that the game is tied, 2-2. The radio announcer then states, "Cincinnati hasn't scored since Kelly threw that ball into the dugout and let the tying run come in." Cincinnati was the visiting team and the last run it scored, in the top of the second inning, would have made the score 2-1 (Cincinnati leading). It would not have been a tying run. See more »

Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Written by John Philip Sousa
Played by the stadium band on opening day
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An atmospheric mystery
27 November 1998 | by chris-48See all my reviews

As a mystery, Death on the Diamond contains all of the genre trappings to keep you guessing until the end. Nearly half of the cast is set up as "red herrings" and if the unmasking of the real killer is something of a disappointment, it really doesn't matter. The real reason to watch this curio is its cast. Robert Young, one of Hollywood's most underrated leading men, is fine as the cocky star pitcher; his opening scene with Madge Bellamy, who is equally good, crackles with snappy dialogue. Nat Pendleton, as a beefy slugger, and Ted Healy, as a touchy umpire, make a fine comic duo. [Healy's reaction to his pal's untimely demise is surprisingly touching.] And look fast for Walter Brennan as a hot dog vendor and Ward Bond as a cop. The film is rife with an atmosphere of golden age baseball, which helps elevate an average mystery into something imminently watchable.


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