|Directed by||Ray Enright|
|Screenplay by||William Wister Haines|
|Based on||"Alibi Ike"|
1915 story in The Saturday Evening Post
by Ring Lardner
|Produced by||Edward Chodorov|
|Cinematography||Arthur L. Todd|
|Edited by||Thomas Pratt|
|Music by||Leo F. Forbstein|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
Alibi Ike is a 1935 American romantic comedy film directed by Ray Enright and starring Joe E. Brown, Olivia de Havilland and William Frawley. Based on the short story of the same name by Ring Lardner, first published in the Saturday Evening Post on July 31, 1915, the film is about an ace baseball player nicknamed "Alibi Ike" due to his penchant for making up excuses. Lardner is said to have patterned the character after baseball player King Cole.
Alibi Ike was the most successful of Joe E. Brown's "baseball trilogy" of films, which also included Elmer, the Great and Fireman, Save My Child . It is considered one of the best baseball comedies of all time.Alibi Ike was the first feature film released starring Olivia de Havilland, although she made two previous films that were released later that year— The Irish in Us and the all-star Shakespeare epic A Midsummer Night's Dream , which also starred Joe E. Brown in a key role.
A print of the film is held by the Library of Congress.
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