The Gashouse Gang (Part 1) Top of the Inning
Redbird fans! Journey with brothers and arch rivals Paul and Dizzy Dean as they lead the underdog, oddball, St. Louis Cardinals team to an unforgettable World Series run against the Detroit Tigers in 1934.
The Gashouse Gang Synopsis
As brothers, Paul and Dizzy Dean have been rivals since they were kids. Now as an adult in 1934, Paul finally lands a spot on a professional baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals – where his brother is already seen as a rambunctious icon. Paul is introduced to all sorts of oddball characters on the squad including Manager Frankie Frisch, former hobo Pepper Martin, horn-dog Ripper Collins, chronic gambler Leo Durocher, and team hothead Ducky Medwick. Paul is determined to break away from Dizzy’s shadow. After a slow start, the team starts clicking and becomes known for their wild shenanigans and globetrotter-like warm-ups. The nation starts taking notice and cheers on this rough-and-tumble baseball team. Together, the brothers lead the team to the World Series against the Detroit Tigers. It’s up to Paul to win Game Six in a do-or-die situation. Paul not only goes all nine innings, but he also hits in the winning run. He learns to accept Dizzy for his cocky bravado as they become baseball legends and symbols of inspiration during the Great Depression.
Written by Nicholas Pangilinan.
Michael D. Francis is Show Creator and Producer.
Directed by Garrett Tripp.
Sound engineer and sound design: Sean Kilker.
Produced by Erin Goodenough.
Cast: Cliff Mirabella, Kaitlin Gant, Keith Nussbaum, Chris Moore, Tanner Risner and Nicolas Garren.
In partnership with Missouri Film Office, a part of the Missouri Division of Tourism/ Andrea Sporcic Klund, Film Commissioner.
Michael D. Francis
Show Creator / Producer
Michael is the founder of Michael D. Francis Presents (MDFP), a Midwest based TV/content development and packaging company. Michael has worked for networks such as A&E, MTV, CBS, NBC, BET, TLC, Lifetime, PBS, ESPN, and Animal Planet. He has worked on such TV shows as Judge Judy, Let's Make A Deal, America Got Talent, Survivor, The Biggest Loser, American Ninja Warrior, Genealogy Roadshow, Monday Night Football, Nellyville, Who Do You Think You Are, Judge Faith, Unlocking The Truth, Undercover High, A Song For You, The Donny Hathaway Story, After The First 48, Ghost Brothers Lights Out, and The First 48.
The son of an immigrant, Nick was born and raised in St. Louis. He's been a writer for hire, a Finalist in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition, and winner in multiple competitions: the Unique Voices Screenplay Competition, the 13Horror.com Film & Screenplay Contest, and the WeScreenplay Feature Contest.
Garrett is Los Angeles-based writer and director. He produced Epilogue, a science fiction web series, which went on to be a Student Emmy Winner and International Academy of Web Television Awards Nominee, among other accolades. Garrett is currently developing his first feature film with The Gashouse Gang writer, Nicholas Pangilinan.
With her start in theater, Erin Goodenough quickly found a home in the film and podcast industries in addition to earning her degree in acting, directing and TV and film from Southeast Missouri State University. Known for her role as Executive Producer on the podcast Somebody Knows, Producer for the Short film Ta-Da! and many more. Erin is a St. Louis native hoping to help cultivate a strong community of media professionals here in her hometown.
Table Read Recordist/Sound Edit and Design
Award-winning, Sean Kilker is an active location and post-production audio specialist with the local film and video production scene. A 20 year + DJ career in STL, Kansas City, and Auckland, New Zealand. Sean has provided all recording and post-production editing and design for the first 4 episodes of “Lights, Audio, Action!”.
Cast: Pepper Martin, Dizzy Dean
Nicolas Garren is a St. Louis actor with a Chicago production background. Stage, screen and now with a newly found love of voice production, Nicolas hopes you enjoy his portrayals in The Gashouse Gang.
Cast: Leo Durocher & Other Voices
Cliff’s stage career includes key roles in A Man for All Seasons, The Crucible, West Side Story, Othello, Da, Spoon River Anthology and Hot L. Baltimore. Commercial work includes spots for Spectracide, SSM Health, Mercy Healthcare and Aqua Pearls. Cliff’s been a journalist, videographer, PR specialist, private investigator, employment counselor and infantry officer.
Cast: Satchel Paige
His most recent theatrical credits are Shrek (Donkey), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Cutler), Dreamgirls, Guys & Dolls, St. Louis Union Station presents Polar Express, Head Over Heels (Ensemble), Urinetown (Ensemble/Swing). Currently he is performing in Something Rotten with New Line Theater as the Minstrel/Peter Quince. He has done work in vocal performance, theatrical direction/ production, dance and composition. In addition to acting, Chris has a growing social media platform where he enjoys creating content for self-worth and being your most “Authentik” self.
Cast: Ripper Collins, Joe Medwick & Other Voices
American TV and film actor with many short films and features to his credit. He has played a variety of characters including the American outlaw himself, Jesse James. He can also be seen in blockbuster films such as Avengers: Endgame (2019) and Jurassic World (2015)."