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A trio of baseball films

March 21, 2011|By Susan King
  • Joe E. Brown in "Alibi Ike."
Joe E. Brown in "Alibi Ike." (Warner Bros. )

Alibi Ike

Athletic, rubber-faced comic actor Joe E. Brown hit a home run with this 1935 baseball comedy based on the short story by Ring Lardner. In real life, Brown almost played with the New York Yankees and formed his own studio team at Warner Bros.

Rhubarb

Orangey, the cat in "Breakfast at Tiffany's," has the title role in this clever 1951 baseball comedy about a rich eccentric who dies and leaves his pro baseball team, the Brooklyn Loons, to his pampered cat. Ray Milland costars.

The Stratton Story

Jimmy Stewart is well cast in this stirring 1949 biopic about Chicago White Sox pitcher Monty Stratton, who made a comeback bid after his leg was amputated after a hunting accident.

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