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Batty Baseball (1944)

A series of visual gags about baseball. One running gag has an angry fan screaming "Kill the ump!" Be careful what you wish for.....

Director:

Tex Avery
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Pinto Colvig ... Pitcher (voice) (uncredited)
Wally Maher Wally Maher ... First Ballplayer (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mather Jack Mather ... Baseball Player (voice) (uncredited)
John Wald John Wald ... Narrator (uncredited)
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Storyline

It's the first game in the baseball series between the Yankee Doodlers and the Draft Dodgers. The pitcher uses the variety of equipment and a variety of pitches to thwart the opposing batters, resulting in an unusual game of baseball that often resembles things other than baseball. The crowd is generally happy with the outcome, except one fan who blames everything on the umpire. The team in the field may use one trick too many which results in a sad ending. Written by Huggo

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Screwball Baseball See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The action takes place at "W.C. Field," which obviously takes its name from W.C. Fields. The line "The guy who thought of this corny gag isn't with us any more" under it clearly alludes to the fact that writer Rich Hogan had already left MGM (though he returned in 1948) when work on the cartoon was in progress. See more »

Quotes

Person in Crowd: Kill the Umpire! Get him outta there! KILL the umpire! Kill the...
[a gunshot is heard, and everybody stands as "Taps" plays for a moment of silence]
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Crazy Credits

The main credits (including the MGM lion) don't appear until a character asks to see them. See more »

Connections

Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.4 (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1908)
(uncredited)
Music by Albert von Tilzer
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Crazy Baseball A La Avery
13 March 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Being a Tex Avery cartoon, I wasn't surprised this was clever and had some laughs. Tex was one of the best.

This baseball story is played at "W.C. Field." (We then see a disclaimer stating "The guy who thought of this corny gag isn't with us any more.")

The game pits "The Yankee Doodlers" versus "The Draft Dodgers." As you can tell, this one is REALLY corny....but it sure is fun to watch. It's another of those baseball cartoons that mainly feature the pitcher, his assortment of pitches, and problems with the batter and umpire. This one also has a strange, "sad" ending!

This animated short was one of the features in the Jimmy Stewart baseball movie, "The Stratton Story" DVD.


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