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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 finds a way--to solve the most baffling mystery in sports history!

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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This film received its initial television broadcast in Los Angeles Tuesday 7 May 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Miami Tuesday 14 May 1957 on WCKT (Channel 7); it first aired in Chicago 1 June 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), followed by Altoona PA 14 June 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), by Hartford CT 1 July 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), by Tucson 16 July 1957 on KVOA (Channel 4), by New York City 1 October 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), by Seattle 28 October 1957 on KING (Channel 5), by Portland OR 13 November 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), by Honolulu 19 December 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), by Philadelphia 19 January 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), and by San Francisco 7 June 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

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In a final scene, Young and Evans finally embrace and will soon have the kiss that ends this corny movie. But as they embrace, you see Robert Young's wedding ring on his hand. More than once. See more »

Soundtracks

Take Me Out to the Ball Game
(1908) (uncredited)
Music by Albert von Tilzer
Lyrics by Jack Norworth
Played during the opening and closing credits
Played as background music often
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Weak murder mystery takes place on baseball diamond...
23 September 2010 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

A very youthful looking ROBERT YOUNG plays a star pitcher hired to help the St. Louis Cardinals win the '34 pennant race. He falls in love with the manager's daughter, pretty MADGE EVANS.

The team is soon involved in a series of murders that take place on the baseball field or in the locker room. Since most of the action takes place in broad daylight, there's no chance to build up the suspense to turn this into a crime melodrama. Instead, the heavier touch is on comedy, supplied by NAT PENDLETON and TED HEALEY. Unfortunately, their humorous material is a bit strained for laughs.

Real footage of the Cardinals is integrated with the studio footage shot at Wrigley Field, with mixed results that are more distracting than anything else. Revelation of the murderer comes in the last reel and is far from satisfying, leading to a scene of ham acting at its worst.

Nothing special about this one, even with a cast that includes PAUL KELLY, WILLARD ROBERTSON and pint-sized MICKEY ROONEY in supporting roles.

Some uncredited bits by GARY OWEN, WARD BOND and DENNIS O'KEEFE for those who stay awake during the proceedings.


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