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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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THe man with a million excuses! 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

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 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

Frank X. Farrell: [Talking on the phone] Hello, hello, operator! Hello, get me the tailor again! The tailor! The what? Alright then, get me the valet. I want my pants! My pants! He must be there, he's got my pants! Listen, listen, operator, I've got to meet somebody and I need those pants!
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Follows Elmer, the Great (1933) 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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Joe E. Brown but not Lardner
14 July 2010 | by howardeismanSee all my reviews

The character of Alibi Ike was well known to the American public. There was not only Ring Lardner's short novel but a comic strip for a couple of years, with Ring Lardner as one of the strip's writers.

Lardner's prose was funny, but it was also an incisive exposure of the ignorance and bigotry of middle America of the 1920s. He was inditing a culture which was smug in its ignorance and prejudices. There is, of course, none of this in this Joe E. Brown comedy, designed mainly for Brown to do his familiar shtick while cruising along with a well used plot.

Warner Brothers was willing to bring social criticism into their films at this period (unlike the other studios), but they knew that it wouldn't work in a Joe E. Brown comedy. Brown's movies were designed for rural America (and were very successful), and rural America could laugh as Brown made fun of "citified ways", but they wouldn't have appreciated cogent criticism aimed at them. At least, they wouldn't have laughed.

So this is a fast comedy, pretty funny, especially for baseball fans and baseball historians.


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