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Elmer, the Great (1933)

Country bumpkin Elmer Kane joins the Chicago Cubs as the greatest hitter in baseball. His skill with a bat takes the team to the World Series, but on the way to the championship he has to deal with gamblers and crooked pitchers.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Ring Lardner (based on a play by), George M. Cohan (based on a play by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joe E. Brown ... Elmer Kane
Patricia Ellis ... Nellie Poole
Frank McHugh ... Healy High-Hips
Claire Dodd ... Evelyn Corey
Preston Foster ... Dave Walker (as Preston S. Foster)
Russell Hopton ... Whitey
Sterling Holloway ... Nick Kane (as Sterling Halloway)
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Kane
Charles C. Wilson ... Mr. Wade (as Charles Wilson)
Charles Delaney ... Johnny Abbott
Berton Churchill ... Colonel Moffitt
J. Carrol Naish ... Jerry (as J. Carroll Naish)
Gene Morgan ... Noonan
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Storyline

Elmer does not want to leave Gentryville, because Nellie is the one that he loves. Even when Mr. Wade of the Chicago Cubs comes to get him, it is only because Nellie spurns him that he goes. As always, Elmer is the king of batters and he wins game after game. When Nellie comes to see Elmer in Chicago, she sees him kissing Evelyn and she wants nothing to do with him anymore. So Healy takes him to a gambling club, where Elmer does not know that the chips are money. He finds that he owes the gamblers $5000 and they make him sign a note for it. Sad at losing Nellie, mad at his teammates and in debt to the gamblers, Elmer disappears as the Cubs are in the deciding game for the Series. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De Bom Tamanho See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 5, 1936 with Joe E. Brown reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

In the gambling house, Elmer Kane consistently loses while betting on number six at the craps table, but one of the rolls was clearly called by the dealer as one, two, three. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Kane: [while serving Elmer a hearty breakfast of eggs, pancakes, syrup, sausage, bacon, toast, juice, and coffee] Would you like a piece of apple pie, too?
Elmer Kane: Yes, bring it in, I'll flirt with it.
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Version of Fast Company (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

Indiana
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by James F. Hanley
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
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Say it ain't so, Joe!
29 July 2002 | by Dick-42See all my reviews

I'm quite sure I didn't see this movie when it was first released. A pity. I might have enjoyed it when I was 9 years old. Joe E. Brown was one of my favorites.

Now I wonder how he could do such a thing to me. Such an embarrassment! I didn't find a laugh in the whole thing, even if the script hadn't depicted one stupid situation after another -- far beyond the realm of fantasy. Naive is one thing; idiotic is quite another.

I think Joe owes me -- his public -- an apology.


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