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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Frank X. Farrell
... Dolly Stevens
... Bess
... Carey
... Cap
... Jack Mack
... Lefty Crawford
... Johnson - Owner (as Joseph King)
... Conductor (scenes deleted)
... Lieutenant
... Minister
... Smitty
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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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HE'S DIZZY! HE'S DAFFY!...what a laugh! See more »

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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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15 June 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bedste mand på holdet  »

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Trivia

When "Alibi Ike" was first released to TV in 1956, the sequences involving the gamblers and their attempts to have Ike "throw" the game were practically eliminated, reducing the length of the film by 20 minutes, unnoticed on commercial TV. The appearance of "Lefty", the head of the gambling syndicate, was reduced to just one scene as a spectator in the stands. Additionally, Ike arriving late for a game, enters the ballpark in a delivery vehicle that is towing autos. In the 50s edited version, what appears to be a usual prank on Ike's part is actually the result of Ike fleeing the gamblers. See more »

Goofs

In the climactic game, Farrell hurriedly dons an over sized uniform. However, in his final at-bat, a long shot from behind the plate shows him in a uniform that fits him perfectly. See more »

Quotes

Frank X. Farrell: [Sticking his head in the bathroom] Is this the men's washroom?
Cap: You'd be in a fine spot if it wasn't, wouldn't yuh?
Frank X. Farrell: [laughs] That's why I looked first. I wanted to be sure.
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Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) 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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Feel good movie hits a home run
2 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

The Chicago Cubs finally win the pennant! And it takes Joe E. Brown's immortal character Alibi Ike to do it. William Frawley once again is superb in the supporting role, as the manager. Olivia De Havilland shines as the love interest. The rest of the supporting cast which includes Ruth Donnelly and Roscoe Karns are excellent. Director Raymond Enright keeps the film moving along in good fashion. The movie is predictable but it's a lot of fun getting to the end. The ending puts a lasting smile on one's face reminiscent of the movie "Some Like It Hot". This feel good movie hits a home run with this viewer. Take yourself out to the ballgame and enjoy!


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