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Alibi Ike (1935)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance, Sport | 15 June 1935 (USA)
Idiosyncratic new recruit Francis "Ike" Farrell tries to help the Cubs to the pennant with his pitching and hitting.

Director:

Ray Enright

Writers:

Ring Lardner (by), William Wister Haines (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joe E. Brown ... Frank X. Farrell
Olivia de Havilland ... Dolly Stevens
Ruth Donnelly ... Bess
Roscoe Karns ... Carey
William Frawley ... Cap
Eddie Shubert ... Jack Mack
Paul Harvey ... Lefty Crawford
Joe King ... Johnson - Owner (as Joseph King)
Joseph Crehan ... Conductor (scenes deleted)
G. Pat Collins ... Lieutenant
Spencer Charters ... Minister
Gene Morgan ... Smitty
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Storyline

Rookie pitcher Francis "Ike" Farrell comes seemingly out of nowhere to help the Cubs go for the pennant. His idiosyncratic ways, which include excuses and alibis for everything, drive his manager and fiancee crazy in this baseball farce. Written by Jerry Milani <jerry@newyorkcity.com>

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Taglines:

HE'S DIZZY! HE'S DAFFY!...what a laugh! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bedste mand på holdet See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first Major League Baseball night game was played on May 24, 1935 between Philadelphia ans Cincinnati. The Reds won 2-1 at Crosley Field. See more »

Goofs

In the final game at the end of the movie, the opposing team is constantly referred to as the Giants when their uniforms clearly show them as the Cardinals. See more »

Quotes

Lefty Crawford: Alright. You'll have your money just before the game. Only, don't forget! We'll be watching every move you make.
Frank X. Farrell: Ha-ha-ha. What do you think I am, a fan dancer?
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Connections

Referenced in Damn Yankees (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

The Man on the Flying Trapeze
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Gaston Lyle
Lyrics by George Leybourne
Sung a cappella by Joe E. Brown
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Mildly entertaining time capsule
17 April 2001 | by rollo_tomasoSee all my reviews

Alibi Ike is adapted by Ring Lardner from his short story about an apocryphal pitching wunderkind who never tells the truth when an alibi will do, especially about his true feelings. Lardner took some of the edge off his original wit in attempting to adapt it to the slapstick talents of Joe E. Brown and it loses its punch in the process. Brown is lively enough, however, to engender enough good will to watch the fast-moving film to the end. Frawley is a standout as the manager, and Karnes, Harvey, and Dehavilland head a splendid supporting cast. If you have any tolerance for slapstick, this is pleasant enough fluff.

Yet, the most interesting thing about the movie is that the climactic scene in the movie takes place at a NIGHT game at a then-recently-built Wrigley field. For many years, until the last 80's, Wrigley was the only stadium which had no lights installed, and no scheduled night games. Apparently, I have come to learn just yesterday, that many teams, including the Cubs, experimented with temporary lighting for occasional big games at night, in the mid-30's, until Ebbets Field in Brooklyn became the first stadium with permanently installed lights in 1938. Still, it seems strange to watch a night game at Wrigley as it was in 1935. For that alone, baseball fans will find this worth watching. One final note, in real life, the Cubs went from cellar-dwellers in '34 to NL champs in '35 which is exactly what the movie reflected, even though the film was in the can by July of 1935, and there was no way that Enright and company could have known that the Cubs would win the pennant that year. Interesting. 6 of 10.


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