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Alibi Ike (1935) was a Comedy - Sports Film directed by Ray Enright and produced by Edward Chodorov.


A lively screwball comedy. Alibi Ike is a baseball player with a talent for excuses and for inventive pitching techniques. The excuse-making threatens his romantic happiness with the sister of the wife of his team's owner, and things get even more complicated when gangsters kidnap him to keep him away from a game they've bet on.

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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, the first film she had made.
When "Alibi Ike" was first released to TV in 1956, the sequences involving the gamblers and their attempts to have Ike "throw" the game were practically eliminated, reducing the length of the film by 20 minutes, unnoticed on commercial TV. The appearance of "Lefty", the head of the gambling syndicate, was reduced to just one scene as a spectator in the stands. Additionally, Ike arriving late for a game, enters the ballpark in a delivery vehicle that is towing autos. In the 50s edited version, what appears to be a usual prank on Ike's part is actually the result of Ike fleeing the gamblers.
All the uncredited roles of major league players were played by current or former professional baseball players.
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