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Kill the Umpire (1950)





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William Bendix is perfectly cast as a diehard baseball fan who hates umpires with every fibre of his being. Bendix' devotion to baseball has lost him job after job, so his father-in-law (Ray Collins)--who happens to be an umpire--forces Our Hero to enroll in umpire school. Eventually Bendix learns to respect his new job, even gaining a measure of popularity by earning the nickname "Two-Call Johnson" (the result of double vision brought about by an overdose of eye drop medicine). But when Bendix calls a play against a popular pitcher, he is accused of cheating by the angry fans. Forced to disguise himself to get to the Big Game, Bendix arrives at the ball park to a chorus of "boos." Exonerated by the pitcher, who praises the umpire's honesty, Bendix is the hero of the day...until he makes another unpopular call two seconds later. Kill the Umpire is climaxed by a zany chase sequence scripted by former cartoon director Frank Tashlin.


William Bendix
as Bill 'Two Call' Johnson
Una Merkel
as Betty Johnson
Ray Collins
as Jonah Evans
Gloria Henry
as Lucy Johnson
Jeff Richards
as Bob Landon
William Frawley
as Jimmy O'Brien
Tom D'Andrea
as Roscoe Snooker
Luther Crockett
as Sam Austin
Jeff York
as Panhandle Jones
Bob Wilke
as Cactus
Alan Hale Jr.
as Harry Shay
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