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Director  Lloyd Bacon
Music director  Heinz Eric Roemheld
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Country  United States
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Sport
Costume design  Jean Louis
Language  English
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Writer  Frank Tashlin (story)
Release date  1950 (1950)
Cast  William Bendix, Una Merkel, Ray Collins, Gloria Henry, Jeff Richards
Similar movies  Related Lloyd Bacon movies

Kill the Umpire is a 1950 baseball comedy film starring William Bendix and Una Merkel, directed by Lloyd Bacon and written by Frank Tashlin.

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Bendix two years earlier had portrayed baseball player Babe Ruth in the biographical film The Babe Ruth Story. One of the ballplayers in this picture is played by Jeff Richards, billed as Richard Taylor, a minor-league ballplayer before becoming an actor.

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Plot

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Bill Johnson is a former baseball player whose fanatical devotion to the game has cost him several jobs. He remains steadfast in one thing: he hates umpires. Matters are complicated by the fact that his father-in-law Evans (Ray Collins) is a retired umpire.

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During a period of unemployment, needing a job to support his loyal wife Betty (Una Merkel) and two daughters, Johnson is forced by his father-in-law to matriculate in an umpire school. Johnson initially tries to get himself expelled by school director Jimmy O'Brien (William Frawley), but eventually comes to enjoy his new job. He becomes an ump in the minor leagues, where blurred vision, caused by using the wrong eyedrops, causes him to see everything twice, earning him a nickname as "Two-Call" Johnson.

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When he calls a popular player out at home plate, the crowd accuses him of dishonesty, leading to a near-riot during which the involved player is knocked out cold. Johnson must disguise himself as a woman, and engage in several madcap subterfuges, to get to an important game on time, but his reputation is restored when the player he had originally called against publicly praises him for his honesty as an umpire. The crowd accepts this, although quickly reversing its opinion again after Johnson, inevitably, makes another call they do not like.

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The film's climax is a manic chase scene, scripted by animator and future Jerry Lewis director Frank Tashlin.

Cast

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  • William Bendix as Bill Johnson
  • Una Merkel as Betty Johnson
  • Ray Collins as Jonah Evans
  • Gloria Henry as Lucy Johnson
  • Jeff Richards as Bob Landon (billed as Richard Taylor)
  • Connie Marshall as Suzie Johnson
  • William Frawley as Jimmy O'Brien
  • Tom D'Andrea as Roscoe Snooker
  • References

    Kill the Umpire Wikipedia
    Kill the Umpire IMDb Kill the Umpire themoviedb.org


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