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Kill the Umpire (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Sport | 27 April 1950 (USA)
Former baseball player Bill Johnson, portrayed by William Bendix, failing at many jobs when his ball-playing days are over, reluctantly takes the advice of his father-in-law, Jonah Evans (... See full summary »

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Lloyd Bacon

Writer:

Frank Tashlin (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
William Bendix ... Bill 'Two Call' Johnson
Una Merkel ... Betty Johnson
Ray Collins ... Jonah Evans
Gloria Henry ... Lucy Johnson
Jeff Richards ... Bob Landon (as Richard Taylor)
Connie Marshall ... Suzie Johnson
William Frawley ... Jimmy O'Brien
Tom D'Andrea ... Roscoe Snooker
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Former baseball player Bill Johnson, portrayed by William Bendix, failing at many jobs when his ball-playing days are over, reluctantly takes the advice of his father-in-law, Jonah Evans (Ray Collins), a retired umpire, and enters an umpire-training school. Assigned to the Texas League, he does fine until the championship play-offs when a riot develops over one of his calls. The involved player is knocked unconscious in the proceedings and cannot verify that Bill made the correct call. Despite lynch mob plans to at least tar-and-feather him, Bill's family - his daughters Lucy (Gloria Henry and Susan (Connie Marshall ) and his wife Betty (Una Merkel) - help Bill reach the ballpark safely the next day through a series of hair-raising encounters. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Three years after this film was released, Tom D'Andrea would co-star again with William Bendix, this time in Bendix's series The Life of Riley (1953), in which he played Riley's neighbor Jim Gillis. Henry Kulky, also in this film, was a regular on "The Life of Riley", too. See more »

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When Bill Johnson (William Bendix) is bouncing around in the locker room of the umpire school, support wires are clearly visible during the final bounce. See more »

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One of the funniest baseball movies I have seen.
5 February 2000 | by ctr1See all my reviews

I saw this film over 20 years ago for the first and only time on an old reel to reel projector. I have been unable to find anyone who can produce it in video form, but if I could I would surely make it a part of my collection. It is one of the best baseball films ever made. William Bendix gave a great performance and the chase scene at the end was a classic. I hope that somehow it can be found to be in circulation. I love the old classics of the 30's, 40's and 50's. This was a fun film.


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