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Death on the Diamond

Death on the Diamond(1934)

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Franchot Tone was first assigned to the role of "Larry" but was replaced by Robert Young prior to production. Motion Picture Herald's "The Cutting Room" noted that "several oldtime ball players and the present St. Louis and Chicago National League ball clubs" were cast in the film. Pat Flaherty, who plays a coach in the film, was a former New York Giants pitcher. Hollywood Reporter production charts add Jim Donlan, Jules Besco, Charles Wilson, Ben Hendricks, Fred Graham and Al Hill to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. In addition, Hollywood Reporter production charts list Bobs Watson as a cast member. However, the CBCS lists only Bobs's lookalike brother Billy as a bit player. According to an June 18, 1934 Hollywood Reporter news item, John Waters, an M-G-M special unit director, went to St. Louis to make baseball diamond and grandstand background shots for this film and another unspecified production. Waters was accompanied by cameraman Ray Binger, who was met by Leonard Smith, another M-G-M photographer.