Kill the Umpire, Safe at Home (Double Feature)
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 brags of his nonexistent friendship with Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, he travels to the Yankees’ spring training camp to make his boast come true.
These are two nice films and a winning double feature DVD. In “Kill the Umpire” William Bendix stars as a baseball fanatic named Bill Johnson who keeps losing his job because he goes to the ball game instead of finishing his work day. Bendix, a famous character actor in his day, has several humorous moments as the fanatic who loves baseball. He eventually goes to umpiring school so he can make a living at the game he loves.
In “Safe at Home” young Hutch (Bryan Russell) brags to some friends that he personally knows Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. He ends up in a jam when he promises his friends that they will personally appear at an upcoming banquet. His solution is to go to the Yankees spring training games and to attempt to meet the famous players and make an appeal for their help.
We gladly award this double feature DVD our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.