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Diamond Demon (1947)

Approved | | Short, Sport | 1 February 1947 (USA)
The remarkable talents of baseball pitcher and trick artist Johnny Price are showcased including throwing two balls at once to two catchers, pitching blindfolded, throwing and hitting hanging upside down, and fielding fungoes in a jeep.

Director:

Dave O'Brien

Writers:

Dave O'Brien (as David Barclay), Joe Ansen
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pete Smith ... Narrator (voice)
Johnny Price ... Himself
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Storyline

The unusual talents of Johnny Price, a minor league baseball pitcher and trick artist, are showcased in this Pete Smith Specialty. Among other talents, Mr. Price can throw two (and in certain situations, three) baseballs simultaneously to different people. The catchers can be side by side, with one high and one low, or standing on the pitcher's mound and second base while Price throws the ball from the catchers position. He can even perform these feats while suspended upside-down. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Short | Sport

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1947 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Johnny played a few games in the majors for the Cleveland Indians in 1946. Tragically, later in life, he suffered from depression. One night, he committed suicide by hanging himself in 1967. See more »

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Johnny Price is credited by narrator Smith. See more »

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Put Him in the Hall of Fame
1 November 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Diamond Demon (1947)

*** (out of 4)

Fun Pete Smith short takes a look at minor league baseball player Johnny Price. If you haven't heard of Price then you're not alone as I had no idea who he was but after viewing this short it's doubtful you'll forget him. Basically we have Price doing a variety of tricks dealing with baseball. We start off at the small stuff like seeing him hold two baseballs with one hand and then we get more challenging stuff. This includes him standing at home plate and throwing two balls with one hand. One is thrown to the pitcher and the other to the man on second base. We have him throwing three balls with one hand to three different men. We even see Price hanging upside down hitting, pitching and catching. Some of these tricks were just downright crazy including where he holds the bat between his legs to hit and if the pitch had been an inch or two higher then he wouldn't have had any children if you catch what I mean. This short runs a very brief 8-minutes but there's some nice tension in some of the dangerous tricks but at the same time you can't help but smile at the unique talent.


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