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Kill the Umpire (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Sport | 27 April 1950 (USA)
An umpire-hating ex-baseball player loses many jobs because his passion for watching ball games during working hours but he decides to combine business with pleasure by becoming an umpire himself.

Director:

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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Storyline

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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Comedy | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1950 (USA) See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Many players from the Hollywood Stars minor-league baseball team appeared in this film. The team was a Triple-A affiliate of the Brooklyn Dodgers at the time of this production. Major League players also appeared, including George Metkovich, Jerry Priddy, Gilly Campbell, Willard Ramsdell and Duke Snider. See more »

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A Pennsylvania Railroad train is shown taking Bill from his home in St. Petersburg, Florida to his first job with the Texas Interstate League. The PRR did not operate south of Virginia. See more »

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Long lost friend is found
28 April 2009 | by krazylegs88See all my reviews

I like many others, first saw this on TV literally decades ago. I loved it. It made such an impression on me that I have looked for it off and on over the years but I haven't found it. Well wouldn't you know, I try a short cat nap late in the evening before I get a midnight snack, I wake up and page thru the listings on the channel guide. There is the title I haven't seen in 40 years. "Kill The Umpire". However, I notice that it started about 15-20 minutes ago so I didn't get to see the beginning. Then a little while later the dog wanted out, so I've got to mess with him. Long story short... I caught what I could of the movie. I've told so many people about how great it was. This was from an era of hope that swept across America after WW 2. We still had sandlot baseball, people still got dressed up to go to the ball games, we still had dinner with the family all at the same time, and people still offered second chances. This film was filled with Americana. I really miss the America it portrays even though I wasn't born until the year after this was released. I'm glad I got to watch it again. I hope someone makes a DVD of this.


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