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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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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 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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Several large mountain ranges are visible in background of ballpark scenes set in St. Petersburg, Florida, an area that has no mountains. See more »

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Absolute Best
12 July 2001 | by V2MorrowSee all my reviews

This is one of (if not the) best baseball movies ever made. I remember watching it every spring as I grew up, and never tired of it. I can't understand why it has never been released to video, or why it never is played on the classic movie channels.

If you can find it, buy it (or record it), you won't be sorry.


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