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Dizzy & Daffy (1934)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, Sport | 15 December 1934 (USA)
A half-blind minor league pitcher meets, and nicknames, Dizzy and Daffy Dean, who go on to play for the St. Louis Cardinals.


Lloyd French


Dolph Singer (story), Jack Henley (story)


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Cast overview:
Dizzy Dean Dizzy Dean ... Dizzy Dean (as Jerome Dean)
Paul 'Daffy' Dean Paul 'Daffy' Dean ... Daffy Dean (as Paul Dean)
Roscoe Ates ... 'Call-'Em-Wrong' Jones, the Umpire
Shemp Howard ... Lefty Howard
Richard Cramer ... Nick, Farmers Baseball Team Manager (as Dick Cramer)


One baseball fan is excited that Lefty Howard, straight from the big league, is playing for the Farmer White Sox. Another wonders why, if he is so good, the big league let him go. Meanwhile, in the locker room, Lefty Howard brags about his baseball prowess and tries to show off by demonstrating his "fade away." The half-blind Howard throws the ball and breaks a mirror instead of the empty bottle he was aiming for. Two other players - Jerome Dean and his brother, Paul - look on. Jerome shows up Howard by knocking over the ball himself. The day's game goes badly. Even with his coke-bottle glasses, Howard can't tell the difference between a picture on a billboard and an actual player in left field. The umpire, "Call 'Em Wrong" Jones, does neither team any favors by calling a strike when he can't stutter past the word "ball." Things improve when Jerome takes over the pitching. Both brothers get a publicity boost when Lefty nicknames them: Dizzy and Daffy Dean. Later, a scout for the St. ... Written by J. Spurlin

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Short | Comedy | Sport








Release Date:

15 December 1934 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone Production Reels #1805-1806. See more »


[first lines]
Baseball Fan: [off-screen] Oh, boy, with Lefty Howard, Farmer White Sox are going to sew up the pennant in no time.
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The Gridiron
Music by Arthur Willard Pryor
Played during the opening credits
Also played during the montage
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It's all about Shemp!
18 March 2007 | by lzf0See all my reviews

When Shemp Howard could no longer deal with Ted Healy's bullying and drinking, he left the team that would become "The Three Stooges", once Healy was out of the picture. (His place in the team was taken by his younger brother Jerome.) Until brother Jerry had a stroke and brother Moe asked Shemp to return to the team, Shemp had a respectable solo career. He starred or had substantial roles in a number of "Big V - Vitaphone Comedies" shot in New York. This short may have been made to show off Dizzy and Daffy Dean's baseball skills, but it is Shemp who steals the show as the near-sighted pitcher, "Lefty" Howard. He is given plenty of footage and shows what a fine physical comedian he is. Without Shemp, this short would be a slow moving curiosity showing off the non-acting abilities of the Deans and the annoying and politically incorrect stuttering comedy of Roscoe Ates. Shemp makes the short a tolerable, mediocre Vitaphone effort.

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