Brown's Elmer, the Great (1933) and Alibi Ike (1935), the Grover Cleveland Alexander biopic The Winning Team (1952), the Dizzy Dean biopic The Pride of St.
Some onscreen Chicago ballplayers are more obscure: Frank Shellenback, Ray French, and Smead Jolley had small roles in Alibi Ike; Shellenback also appeared in Joe E.
Brown's inspired "Alibi Ike
" is enriched by comparisons with his two other excellent baseball comedies--"Fireman, Save My Child" (1932) and "Elmer the Great" (1933).
Don't risk a reputation as an "Alibi Ike
," who blames other parties for the lack of quality but happily continues to put out shoddy products and collect the revenue for them.
baseball comedies, Fireman, Save My Child (1932), Elmer the Great (1933), and Alibi Ike
(1935)--regularly formed their own teams and sought out competition.
Fifth, the comedian's greatest films arguably were the baseball trilogy of "Fireman Save My Child" (1932), "Elmer the Great" (1933), and "Alibi Ike
The best variation occurs in "Alibi Ike" (1935), when the cocky title character played by Joe E.
More entertaining are two features starring comic Charles Ray--"The Pinch Hitter" (1917) and "The Busher" (1919)--both of which chronicle a country innocent as ballplayer, a character which would frequently surface in later baseball pictures, from Brown's Alibi Ike to Robert Redford's Roy Hobbs ("The Natural" 1984).
Brown's follow-up picture, "Alibi Ike," was equally celebrated.
He got to wear a Chicago Cubs warm-up jacket on-screen in Alibi Ike
(1935), playing "Cap," the Cubbies manager, and Yankee pinstripes in Safe at Home!