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Death on the Diamond (1934)

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!

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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed at L.A.'s Wrigley Field and the old Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. Several ballplayers appear, including the Cardinals' real center fielder Ernie Orsatti, who is shot "by the camera" as he crosses the plate. See more »

Goofs

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

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Written by John Philip Sousa
Played by the stadium band on opening day
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Shooting Redbirds In Season
23 September 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Seeing that this film was released in September of 1934 when in real life the St. Louis Cardinals were in a tight pennant race with the New York Giants, it's a wonder that this film didn't give some miscreant the idea of doing in the Dean brothers who were to lead the famous Gashouse Gang to the National League pennant and World Series that year.

The Cardinals are in desperate financial straights this year as owner/manager David Landau and daughter Madge Evans put the team in hock to get star pitcher Robert Young. Madge has a thing for Bob, but other players have a thing for Madge.

In the meantime the rejuvenated Cardinals are screwing up all kinds of gambling interests who don't want to see the long-shot Cardinals win the pennant. They'll stop at nothing including murder to see the Redbirds of St. Louis don't triumph. Murders of three players do occur before the culprit is found.

Nat Pendleton and Ted Healy provide the comic relief as a perpetually quarreling catcher and umpire. Someone did some research for this film or was a fan because legendary umpire Bill Klem who was still active in 1934 had an unbelievable aversion to the name of 'Catfish'. In Healy's case Pendleton calls him 'Crawfish' to get his goat.

Some establishing shots will give you a look at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis which is long gone now. Otherwise the cast MGM put together for this film shot it in and around Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, the minor league park of the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League which also now history.

The ending of the film is the very least bizarre. Nearly the entire cast is suspect at one point, but the guilty party in this baseball mystery comes right out of left field. No, the left fielder didn't do it.

Paul Kelly has a very good role as a sportswriter with a nose for news that serves him well, the scoops he does get in this film.

I might have liked the film better had the ending which I can't reveal been so bizarre. It did give one player an opportunity for a grand piece of scenery chewing.


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