Swell-Head


1h 2m 1935

Film Details

Also Known As
Called on Account of Darkness
Release Date
Apr 8, 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Foy Productions, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 2m
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

Baseball star Terry McCall has the world on a string; however, he is not very modest about it. He is in love with Mary Malone, but she is also courted by another player, The Rube. Mary finally confesses to Terry that she loves only him, but she refuses to marry him unless he stops gambling and boasting. The rivalry between Terry and The Rube intensifies when The Rube asks to be traded to another team. A few weeks later, Terry and The Rube are playing for different teams in the midst of the pennant race. Terry kids The Rube when he goes up to bat. The Rube throws a wild pitch to scare Terry off the plate, but the batter moves even closer, and the Rube beans him in the head with his next pitch. Terry falls unconscious, as he has received a severe brain concussion. Terry's playing falls off in the weeks that follow, and he soon learns that he is going blind. When he is finally removed from the starting line-up, Terry quits the team and disappears. Meanwhile, Mary's little brother Billy goes searching for his hero in a rainstorm, and returns home with a severe case of the flu. He deliriously calls for Terry from his sickbed as his condition worsens. A club official finds Terry the next day at the stadium, swinging at imaginary pitches. The official tells Terry about Billy's plight, and the player agrees to see the little boy, but on the condition that Mary not be told that he is now blind. With his hero by his side, Billy quickly recovers. Terry has an operation to restore his eyesight, which is so successful that he is able to return to the baseball team. After facing this life crisis, Terry learns the humility required to become Mary's husband.

Film Details

Also Known As
Called on Account of Darkness
Release Date
Apr 8, 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Foy Productions, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 2m
Film Length
7 reels

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Trivia

Notes

The working title of this film was Called on Account of Darkness. While the film was produced in 1933, it was not released until 1935. This picture is unrelated to a 1927 Columbia film of the same title.