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Kill the Umpire (1950)

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78 min | Comedy, Sport

Former baseball player Bill Johnson, portrayed by William Bendix, failing at many jobs when his ball-playing days are over, reluctantly takes the advice of his father-in-law, Jonah Evans (Ray Collins), a retired umpire, and enters an ...See moreFormer baseball player Bill Johnson, portrayed by William Bendix, failing at many jobs when his ball-playing days are over, reluctantly takes the advice of his father-in-law, Jonah Evans (Ray Collins), a retired umpire, and enters an umpire-training school. Assigned to the Texas League, he does fine until the championship play-offs when a riot develops over one of his calls. The involved player is knocked unconscious in the proceedings and cannot verify that Bill made the correct call. Despite lynch mob plans to at least tar-and-feather him, Bill's family - his daughters Lucy (Gloria Henry and Susan (Connie Marshall ) and his wife Betty (Una Merkel) - help Bill reach the ballpark safely the next day through a series of hair-raising encounters. Written by Les Adams See less
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Frank Tashlin (story and screenplay)
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Updated Apr 27, 1950

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Apr 27, 1950 (United States)

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135 cast members
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William Bendix
Bill 'Two Call' Johnson Bill 'Two Call' Johnson   See fewer
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Una Merkel
Betty Johnson Betty Johnson   See fewer
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Ray Collins
Jonah Evans Jonah Evans   See fewer
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Gloria Henry
Lucy Johnson Lucy Johnson   See fewer
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Jeff Richards
Bob Landon (as Richard Taylor) Bob Landon (as Richard Taylor)   See fewer
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Connie Marshall
Suzie Johnson Suzie Johnson   See fewer
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William Frawley
Jimmy O'Brien Jimmy O'Brien   See fewer
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Tom D'Andrea
Roscoe Snooker Roscoe Snooker   See fewer
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Phil Adams
Minor Role (uncredited) Minor Role (uncredited)   See fewer
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Murray Alper
Fireman (uncredited) Fireman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Walter Bacon
Umpire (uncredited) Umpire (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Bailey
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Shirley Ballard
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Sam Balter
Television Announcer (uncredited) Television Announcer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jim Bannon
Dusty (uncredited) Dusty (uncredited)   See fewer
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Richard Bartell
Hotel Guest (uncredited) Hotel Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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Larry Barton
Guard (uncredited) Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jim Baxes
Third Baseman (uncredited) Third Baseman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eric Bergman
Umpire Instructor (uncredited) Umpire Instructor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Stanley Blystone
Policeman (uncredited) Policeman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Chet Brandenburg
Disgruntled Game Spectator (uncredited) Disgruntled Game Spectator (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gilly Campbell
Catcher (uncredited) Catcher (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Cane
George - Umpire (uncredited) George - Umpire (uncredited)   See fewer
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Noble 'Kid' Chissell
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Man Talking to Wife on Phone (uncredited) Man Talking to Wife on Phone (uncredited)   See fewer
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Fire Chief (uncredited) Fire Chief (uncredited)   See fewer
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Luther Crockett
Sam Austin (uncredited) Sam Austin (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ralph Cunningham
Professional Umpire (uncredited) Professional Umpire (uncredited)   See fewer
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Cliff Dapper
Catcher (uncredited) Catcher (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ray Dawe
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Second Baseman (uncredited) Second Baseman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Vernon Dent
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Elderly Woman (uncredited) Elderly Woman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Douglas Evans
Doctor (uncredited) Doctor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Ferguson
Umpire Trainee (uncredited) Umpire Trainee (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Welch - American League Scout (uncredited) George Welch - American League Scout (uncredited)   See fewer
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Murray Franklin
First Baseman (uncredited) First Baseman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Gargan
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Jack Gordon
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The Boy Catcher (uncredited) The Boy Catcher (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Hagney
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Alan Hale Jr.
Harry Shea (uncredited) Harry Shea (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dowager (uncredited) Dowager (uncredited)   See fewer
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Texan (uncredited) Texan (uncredited)   See fewer
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Train Conductor Operator (uncredited) Train Conductor Operator (uncredited)   See fewer
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Pitcher (uncredited) Pitcher (uncredited)   See fewer
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Umpire Trainee (uncredited) Umpire Trainee (uncredited)   See fewer
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Boy Second Baseman (uncredited) Boy Second Baseman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Boy (uncredited) Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Welch - Umpire Instructor (uncredited) Welch - Umpire Instructor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Johnny Kascier
Churchill - Umpire Trainee (uncredited) Churchill - Umpire Trainee (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Kelleher
Shortstop (uncredited) Shortstop (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kenner G. Kemp
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Donald Kerr
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Baseball Fan (uncredited) Baseball Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tommy Mann
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Phil Mazzeo
Professional Umpire (uncredited) Professional Umpire (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Rogers (uncredited) William Rogers (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack, Umpire (uncredited) Jack, Umpire (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joe (uncredited) Joe (uncredited)   See fewer
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Schultz - Home Plate Umpire (uncredited) Schultz - Home Plate Umpire (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edward Peil Sr.
Texan (uncredited) Texan (uncredited)   See fewer
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Baseball Fan in Stands (uncredited) Baseball Fan in Stands (uncredited)   See fewer
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William 'Bill' Phillips
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Second Baseman (uncredited) Second Baseman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Willard Ramsdell
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Almira Sessions
Wife of Man on Telephone / Baseball Fan in Stands (uncredited) Wife of Man on Telephone / Baseball Fan in Stands (uncredited)   See fewer
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Umpire Trainee (uncredited) Umpire Trainee (uncredited)   See fewer
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Irate Baseball Fan (uncredited) Irate Baseball Fan (uncredited)   See fewer
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Umpire Instructor (uncredited) Umpire Instructor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Boy in Kids' Baseball Game (uncredited) Boy in Kids' Baseball Game (uncredited)   See fewer
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Pretty Wife (uncredited) Pretty Wife (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lanky (uncredited) Lanky (uncredited)   See fewer
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Infielder (uncredited) Infielder (uncredited)   See fewer
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Porter (uncredited) Porter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Cactus (uncredited) Cactus (uncredited)   See fewer
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Pretty Girl (uncredited) Pretty Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.6 / 10 | 451 votes