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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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He knows baseball backwards and that's the way he plays it! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

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 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: [to Bess in reference to Dolly] Promise? Say, I'd promise anything. Why, I'd get down on my knees right now if I didn't have water on the knee.
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Connections

Referenced in Damn Yankees (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

The Words Are in My Heart
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Farrell is first introduced to Dolly
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Genial Joe E. Brown mugs his way through predictable baseball comedy...
16 April 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

While A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM was really Olivia de Havilland's first film, the studio in the meantime put her in ALIBI IKE which was released first--so this gave the public their first view of her.

She's a pretty ingenue here with just a hint of stardom about her. Joe E. Brown was very popular at the time and had already done a couple of baseball comedies. Apparently, his fans considered this Ring Lardner tale one of his best.

I couldn't work up much enthusiasm for it, although I did find several scenes rather amusing. However, unless you're a die-hard fan of Joe E. Brown with an addiction for baseball, ALIBI IKE comes across more as a curiosity piece than anything else. The night baseball scenes came as a surprise to me. Brown does his usual genial job in the title role and obviously relishes the limelight.

William Frawley plays a baseball manager and Ruth Donnelly has a brief role as Olivia's sister.

Trivia note: Ruth Donnelly would join Olivia thirteen years later for 1948's THE SNAKE PIT, as a fellow inmate.


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