Hot Curves (June 15, 1930)

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Benny Rubin in Hot Curves
 

Released on June 15, 1930: The star pitcher on the Pittsburgh ball team gets into trouble with a gold-digging groupie and his catcher helps him get back into the game.

Directed by Norman Taurog

The Actors: Benny Rubin (Jim Dolan), Rex Lease (Jim Dolan), Alice Day (Elaine McGrew), Pert Kelton (Cookie), John Ince (team manager), Mary Carr (Grandma Dolan), Mike Donlin (team scout), Natalie Moorhead (Maizie Zooten), Paul Hurst (Slug), Roy D'Arcy (Kelsey, Broadway star), Henry Hall (team owner), Robert Livingston (baseball player), Greta Granstedt (unknown), James Wilcox (baseball player), Marjorie Kane (unknown), Wesley Barry (baseball player).

 

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Three Strikes . . . You're OUT!

From 1969 - 1973 I was in college in Butler, Pennsylvania training to be a preacher, like my dad. I had to support myself while there, so I got a job in a ma and pa doughnut shop working in the evening to make donuts. While the owner was mixing and cutting the 'raised' varieties, I was mixing and frying the 'cake' variety. After I finished the cake donuts the raised donuts would be ready for cooking, and I would fry them to perfection. I also mixed and put the glaze on the raised glazed donuts, and the owner's wife would decorate the cake donuts with frosting, sprinkles and whatever other toppings were popular. During those evening hours of making donuts the owner had a radio on that was loud enough to hear throughout the back room where we worked, and it was always on station KDKA, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and during baseball season I listened to and learned to love baseball and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nelly King and Bob Prince were the announcers, and they taught me to love the players like Bobby Clemente with his 'basket' catch in right field. This baseball comedy is about a pitcher on the 1930 Pittsburgh team, played by Rex Lease, and his catcher, played by comedian Benny Rubin. If you think that the name 'Hot Curves' is in reference to baseball pitching, you'd only be half right. Of course there is a gold-digger involved who will lead Rex Lease astray, and get him suspended from the team just as they get to the World Series playing against their arch rival Cincinnati team. The movie was originally listed as a musical lasting 87 minutes, but the producers discovered that American audiences in 1930 were more interested in baseball and comedy than music, so the song and dance numbers were edited out, resulting in this fast paced 64 minute version. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it . . . or maybe for this one get a big box of Cracker Jacks instead . . . and enjoy the show.

Benny Rubin in the outfield
Benny Rubin in the outfield
Rex Lease as Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jim Dolan
Rex Lease as Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jim Dolan
Alice Day as Elaine McGrew, the team manager's daughter
Alice Day as Elaine McGrew, the team manager's daughter
Alice Day and Rex Lease
Alice Day and Rex Lease
Alice Day puts on catcher's gear to catch for Rex Lease
Alice Day puts on catcher's gear to catch for Rex Lease
Benny Rubin and John Ince
Benny Rubin and John Ince
Benny Rubin and Mary Carr
Benny Rubin and Mary Carr
Benny Rubin and the hotel public stenographer
Benny Rubin and the hotel public stenographer
Benny Rubin strikes out Slug, the big hitter
Benny Rubin strikes out Slug, the big hitter
Baseball at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh in 1930
Baseball at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh in 1930
John Ince, Alice Day and Pert Kelton
John Ince, Alice Day and Pert Kelton
John Ince and Benny Rubin
John Ince and Benny Rubin
John Ince and Rex Lease in Hot Curves
John Ince and Rex Lease in Hot Curves
Mary Carr and Benny Rubin
Mary Carr and Benny Rubin
Mary Carr, as Grandma Dolan
Mary Carr, as Grandma Dolan
Mike Donlin and John Ince
Mike Donlin and John Ince
Mike Dolan and John Ince watch the Pittsburgh players
Mike Dolan and John Ince watch the Pittsburgh players
Mike Donlin as the team scout in Hot Curves
Mike Donlin as the team scout in Hot Curves
Natalie Moorhead and Rex Lease paint the town red
Natalie Moorhead and Rex Lease paint the town red
Natalie Moorhead and Rex Lease in Hot Curves
Natalie Moorhead and Rex Lease in Hot Curves
Natalie Moorhead and Benny Rubin argue over Rex
Natalie Moorhead and Benny Rubin argue over Rex
Paul Hurst as the big slugger on the Pittsburgh baseball team
Paul Hurst as the big slugger on the Pittsburgh baseball team
Pert Kelton and Benny Rubin in Hot Curves
Pert Kelton and Benny Rubin in Hot Curves
Pert Kelton as Cookie, Benny Rubin's girlfriend
Pert Kelton as Cookie, Benny Rubin's girlfriend
Rex Lease and Alice Day
Rex Lease and Alice Day
Rex Lease apologizes to Benny Rubin for giving him a shiner
Rex Lease apologizes to Benny Rubin for giving him a shiner
Rex lease as Jim Dolan, star pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Rex lease as Jim Dolan, star pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates
John Ince suspends Rex Lease from pitching because of his wild night with Natalie Moorhead
John Ince suspends Rex Lease from pitching because of his wild night with Natalie Moorhead
Roy D'Arcy and Natalie Moorhead on the train
Roy D'Arcy and Natalie Moorhead on the train