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Casey at the Bat (1927)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Sport | 8 March 1927 (USA)
Casey is a slovenly junk man in a turn of the twentieth century hick town who has a remarkable ability to play baseball. An unscrupulous New York scout signs him up, so Casey and his ... See full summary »

Director:

Monte Brice

Writers:

Hector Turnbull (story), Monte Brice (adaptation) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Wallace Beery ... 'Home Run' Casey
Zasu Pitts ... Camille Gibson
Ford Sterling ... O'Dowd
Sterling Holloway ... Elmer Putnam
Spec O'Donnell Spec O'Donnell ... Spec
Sydney Jarvis Sydney Jarvis ... John McGraw (as Sidney Jarvis)
Iris Stuart Iris Stuart ... Trixie - Floradora Girl
Rosalind Byrne ... Lotus Thompson - Floridora Girl
Anne Sheridan Anne Sheridan ... Floradora Girl
Doris Hill ... Floradora Girl
Sally Blane ... Floradora Girl
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Casey is a slovenly junk man in a turn of the twentieth century hick town who has a remarkable ability to play baseball. An unscrupulous New York scout signs him up, so Casey and his equally dishonest manager go to the big leagues. Eventually, the scout and manager conspire to get him drunk and bet against him for a crucial game with the pennant at stake. Written by WesternOne

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The babe Ruth of comedy in a picture that'll keep the world from becoming serious! (Print Ad-The Evening News,((San Jose, Calif.)) 16 March 1927) See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anda, Casiano See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$427,700
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(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Stretching a Poem
29 April 2014 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Ernest Thayer's poem is stretched out to more than an hour's length to mixed results.

Wallace Beery plays Casey as the sort of lumbering comic slob that would become his standard performance over the following decade and a half. Zasu Pitts is his shrinking girlfriend; Ford Sterling and Sterling Holloway are the comic villains and there's even the kid who adores Beery in the person of Specs O'Donnell.

Clearly first-time director Monte Brice -- he also co-wrote the screenplay -- is onto something, but equally clearly he is in over his head, trying to ride herd on four great comics. There is too much story for each of them and even if later variations would perfect the bits -- for Beery it seems to have been 1933's THE BOWERY -- Brice would apparently never get the hang of directing. He would return to pure writing and become part of Bob Hope's stable of gagmen for some great comedies in the 1940s.


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