The movie is a compact 71-minute whodunit in which a string of murders hits the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cardinals have risen to postseason contenders thanks to adding star pitcher Larry Kelly (Robert Young) to the roster. Mobsters who want the team to lose try to buy off Larry, who turns down their offer in spectacular fashion, after which his teammates start dying. Anxiety builds as one by one players die; the police, a reporter (Paul Kelly), and the team desperately try to solve the mystery as simultaneously the pennant race winds to a close.
Lovely Madge Evans is the leading lady, playing the manager's daughter who falls for Larry, and David Landau is wonderful as Pop, the manager. Sadly this was Landau's next-to-last film; a terrific character actor, he was just 56 when he died in 1935. He's buried at Forest Lawn in Glendale.
Nat Pendleton is the catcher, with Ted Healy playing his nemesis, an umpire. A little of Healy usually goes a very long way for me, but he has a really nice scene late in the film.
The game sequences mix second unit photography and back projections, which are pretty good as back projections go. You know they're there, but their use is less obvious than in some movies.
The screenplay for this solid baseball mystery was based on a novel by Cortland Fitzsimmons. Edward Sedgwick directed, with cinematography by Milton Krasner.
2011, after it was shown on Turner Classic Movies.
The Warner Archive DVD has a good picture and sound quality. There are no extras.
Thanks to the Warner Archive for providing a review copy of this DVD. Warner Archive releases are MOD (manufactured on demand) and may be ordered from the Warner Archive Collection at the WBShop.