Hot Curves (1930)

83 mins | Comedy-drama | 15 June 1930

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HISTORY

As noted in reviews, "Benny Goldberg," the character portrayed by Benny Rubin, was loosely inspired by Jewish second baseman Andy Cohen (1904--1988), who was hired by the New York Giants baseball team in 1926. Known as "The Tuscaloosa Terror," Cohen, according to many contemporary and modern sources, was hired by the Giants to appeal to Jewish fans, generate publicity and thus increase attendance at games. Although Cohen was popular, especially among Jewish fans, he played for the Giants for only three seasons. ...

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As noted in reviews, "Benny Goldberg," the character portrayed by Benny Rubin, was loosely inspired by Jewish second baseman Andy Cohen (1904--1988), who was hired by the New York Giants baseball team in 1926. Known as "The Tuscaloosa Terror," Cohen, according to many contemporary and modern sources, was hired by the Giants to appeal to Jewish fans, generate publicity and thus increase attendance at games. Although Cohen was popular, especially among Jewish fans, he played for the Giants for only three seasons.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
6 Jul 1930
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Variety
9 Jul 1930
p. 35
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
SOUND
Buddy Myers
Rec eng
SOURCES
SONGS
"If I Only Knew That You Could Care for Me," "My Sonny" and "Tum Tum Tumble into Love," words and music by Ben Ryan, Sol Violinsky and Dave Silverstein.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 June 1930
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Tiffany Productions, Inc.
18 June 1930
LP1380
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Photophone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
83
Length(in feet):
7,893
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Baseball player Jim Dolan, en route to the spring training camp of the Pittsburgh Cougars, engages Benny Goldberg, a soda vendor, to represent that he is a star player who signed with another team. Jim, who is disappointing, meets Elaine, the manager's daughter, and falls in love; but as he is about to leave the camp, his grandmother arrives, takes him in hand, and proves that he is a good pitcher. Benny becomes a star player and acquires a girl friend, Cookie, a practical joker, but Mazie, a gold digger, completely turns Jim's head with flattery; he begins to disregard McGrew's orders and incurs the disfavor of the whole team; and as a result, he is suspended. At the last minute, he is called into the World Series game, and Benny is reported killed in a plane crash attempting to retrieve him; but he suddenly appears on the field and insists on catching for Jim, who hits the winning home ...

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Baseball player Jim Dolan, en route to the spring training camp of the Pittsburgh Cougars, engages Benny Goldberg, a soda vendor, to represent that he is a star player who signed with another team. Jim, who is disappointing, meets Elaine, the manager's daughter, and falls in love; but as he is about to leave the camp, his grandmother arrives, takes him in hand, and proves that he is a good pitcher. Benny becomes a star player and acquires a girl friend, Cookie, a practical joker, but Mazie, a gold digger, completely turns Jim's head with flattery; he begins to disregard McGrew's orders and incurs the disfavor of the whole team; and as a result, he is suspended. At the last minute, he is called into the World Series game, and Benny is reported killed in a plane crash attempting to retrieve him; but he suddenly appears on the field and insists on catching for Jim, who hits the winning home run.

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GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
with songs


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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