Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Baseball Double Feature - Kill the Umpire / Safe at Home|
Actors: William Bendix, Una Merkel, Ray Collins, Gloria Henry, Jeff Richards
Directors: Lloyd Bacon, Walter Doniger
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, Sports
Kill The Umpire: When his wife threatens to leave him unless he finds steady employment, a baseball fanatic reluctantly accepts a job as a minor league umpire, "the lowest a man can get." Safe at Home: When a young boy b... more »
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FINALLY ON DVD
W. Steck | Bakersfield CA | 03/28/2007
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The great William Bendix is perfectly cast as the retired ball player
who quite improbably finds himself on the "other side" as am umpire.
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Sometimes it's hard to go home again...
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