Alibi Ike Overview:

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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Sam McDaniel (Porter) and Dick Winslow (Bellboy) are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members for their roles, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. Joseph Crehan is credited as "Conductor," but he also was not seen.
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie onApril 19, 1937 with Joe E. Brown, William Frawley and Roscoe Karns reprising their film roles. Mr. and Mrs. Babe Ruth also guest starred in this broadcast.
When this film 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 commenting on the game. Additionally, Ike arriving late for a game, arrives at the ballpark in a delivery vehicle pulling a convoy of cars. In the 50s TV edited version, this hysterical event appears to viewers to be only the result of Ike's notorious chicanery. In the restored version, we see that Ike first actually wound up within the convoy as he was being chased by the gamblers.
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