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

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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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Bedste mand på holdet  »

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 19, 1937 with Joe E. Brown, William Frawley and Roscoe Karns reprising their film roles. Mr. and Mrs. Babe Ruth also guest starred in this broadcast. 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

Reporter: Well, Cap, what's your idea about the club this season?
Cap: You couldn't send my ideas about this club through the mail.
Reporter: [laughs] So, you don't think they look so promising. eh?
Cap: [Sarcastically] Sure, they look promising. Promising to finish eighth!
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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 See 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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