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Alibi Ike (1935)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance, Sport | 15 June 1935 (USA)
Idiosyncratic new recruit Francis "Ike" Farrell tries to help the Cubs to the pennant with his pitching and hitting.

Director:

Ray Enright

Writers:

Ring Lardner (by), William Wister Haines (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joe E. Brown ... Frank X. Farrell
Olivia de Havilland ... Dolly Stevens
Ruth Donnelly ... Bess
Roscoe Karns ... Carey
William Frawley ... Cap
Eddie Shubert ... Jack Mack
Paul Harvey ... Lefty Crawford
Joe King ... Johnson - Owner (as Joseph King)
Joseph Crehan ... Conductor (scenes deleted)
G. Pat Collins ... Lieutenant
Spencer Charters ... Minister
Gene Morgan ... Smitty
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Storyline

Rookie pitcher Francis "Ike" Farrell comes seemingly out of nowhere to help the Cubs go for the pennant. His idiosyncratic ways, which include excuses and alibis for everything, drive his manager and fiancee crazy in this baseball farce. Written by Jerry Milani <jerry@newyorkcity.com>

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THe man with a million excuses! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bedste mand på holdet See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Although this was the first film to be released of Olivia de Havilland, it was filmed after A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), the first film she had made. See more »

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In the final game at the end of the movie, the opposing team is constantly referred to as the Giants when their uniforms clearly show them as the Cardinals. See more »

Quotes

Frank X. Farrell: [Talking on the phone] Hello, hello, operator! Hello, get me the tailor again! The tailor! The what? Alright then, get me the valet. I want my pants! My pants! He must be there, he's got my pants! Listen, listen, operator, I've got to meet somebody and I need those pants!
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Soundtracks

The Man on the Flying Trapeze
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Gaston Lyle
Lyrics by George Leybourne
Sung a cappella by Joe E. Brown
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That Windmill Windup
28 July 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Alibi Ike is a mildly amusing baseball comedy based on Ring Lardner's character of a pitcher with an excuse for everything. It's a pretty good example of Joe E. Brown's hayseed type character at the height of his popularity. And of course because A Midsummer Night's Dream was held up in release, Alibi Ike marks the debut of Olivia DeHavilland on the silver screen.

Although Olivia has little enough to do in this film which is strictly a Joe E. Brown show, she's one pretty thing here. She was only 19 when she made this film and would have to wait through another film besides this one and the Max Reinhardt extravaganza before settling into her Warner Brothers niche as crinolined heroine, yearning for Errol Flynn to win her as he did in Captain Blood.

Joe E. Brown took naturally to this role, possibly because he was known as a very big baseball fan in real life. Playing his ever harried manager in Alibi Ike is William Frawley who in real life was also known as a baseball aficionado. Brown's son, Joe L. Brown didn't follow his father into show business, he became a well respected baseball executive best known as general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates world championship team of 1960.

It's worth seeing the film alone to see how Joe E. Brown does that exaggerated windmill windup when he pitches. Funny as all get out, but in real life, a runner with the speed of Ernie Lombardi would have stolen two bases on him. Who's Ernie Lombardi, a Hall of Fame catcher with the Cincinnati Reds during this same period who was a legend for his lack of speed.

For baseball fans, and baseball film fans, make sure you don't miss this.


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