Alibi Ike

Overview

In this rollicking adaptation of Ring Lardner's short story, Joe E. Brown plays an ace baseball player whose insistence upon making up excuses earns him the nickname "Alibi Ike." In the course of his first season with the Chicago Cubs, Brown also falls in love with Olivia De Havilland, sister-in-law of the team's manager. Brown's "alibi" habit prompts De Havilland to walk out on him, whereupon he goes into a slump-- which coincides with attempts by gamblers to get Brown to throw the World Series. The plot weaves ...
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Overview

In this rollicking adaptation of Ring Lardner's short story, Joe E. Brown plays an ace baseball player whose insistence upon making up excuses earns him the nickname "Alibi Ike." In the course of his first season with the Chicago Cubs, Brown also falls in love with Olivia De Havilland, sister-in-law of the team's manager. Brown's "alibi" habit prompts De Havilland to walk out on him, whereupon he goes into a slump-- which coincides with attempts by gamblers to get Brown to throw the World Series. The plot weaves its way towards a climax in which Brown escapes the gamblers by commandeering an ambulance and driving onto the ball field during the final Series game. Alibi Ike was the most successful of Joe E. Brown's "baseball trilogy" which included Elmer the Great and Fireman Save My Child, and one the best baseball comedies of all time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2010
  • UPC: 883316258385
  • Original Release: 1935
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Time: 1:13:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Frawley Cap
Joe E. Brown Frank X. Farrell
Eddy Chandler
Spencer Charters Minister
Jack Cheatham Operator
George Pat Collins Lieutenant
Joseph Crehan Conductor
Olivia de Havilland Dolly
Ruth Donnelly Bess
William "Wild Bill" Elliott
Paul Harvey Crawford
Selmar Jackson Announcer
Roscoe Karns Cary
Milt Kibbee Fans
Joseph King Owner
Bruce Mitchell Detective
Gene Morgan Smitty
Jack Norton Reporter
Jed Prouty Jewelry Merchant
George Riley Ball Player
Cliff Saum Kelly
Eddie Shubert Jack Mack
Frank Sully Player
Fred "Snowflake" Toones Elevator Operator
Technical Credits
Ray Enright Director
Edward Chodorov Producer
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
William Wister Haines Screenwriter
Esdras Hartley Art Director
Thomas Pratt Editor
Arthur Todd Cinematographer
William Wister Screenwriter
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