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Angels in the Outfield (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | 19 October 1951 (USA)
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A young woman reporter blames the Pittsburgh Pirates' losing streak on the obscenely abusive manager. While she attempts to learn more about him for her column, he begins hearing the voice ... See full summary »

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Clarence Brown

Writers:

Richard Conlin (story), Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Douglas ... Aloysius X. 'Guffy' McGovern
Janet Leigh ... Jennifer Paige
Keenan Wynn ... Fred Bayles
Donna Corcoran ... Bridget White
Lewis Stone ... Commissioner Arnold P. Hapgood
Spring Byington ... Sister Edwitha
Bruce Bennett ... Saul Hellman
Marvin Kaplan ... Timothy Durney
Ellen Corby ... Sister Veronica
Jeff Richards ... Dave Rothberg
John Gallaudet ... Joe Reynolds
King Donovan ... Mack McGee
Don Haggerty ... Rube Ronson
Paul Salata Paul Salata ... Tony Minelli
Fred Graham ... Chunk (coach)
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Storyline

A young woman reporter blames the Pittsburgh Pirates' losing streak on the obscenely abusive manager. While she attempts to learn more about him for her column, he begins hearing the voice of an angel promising him help for the team if he will mend his ways. As he does so, an orphan girl who is a Pirates fan and has been praying for the team begins noticing angels on the ballfield. Sure enough, the Pirates start winning, and McGovern tries to turn his life around. But can he keep his temper long enough for the Pirates to win the NL pennant? Written by <mailcall@intersource.com>

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The roughest guy you ever met ... until an angel said "Hello!"


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angels and the Pirates See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the real world, the 1951 New York baseball Giants won the National league pennant in a three-game playoff over the Brooklyn Dodgers with the help of some angels of their own as Brooklyn was leading 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning when the miracle of Coogan's Bluff occurred as Bobby Thompson hit the SHOT HEARD ROUND THE WORLD, a three-run homer, defeating Brooklyn 5-4. See more »

Goofs

The final closing scene shows a wide shot of the entire field with the trees beyond center and right center field fairly thick with leaves, which would be consistent with September in Pittsburgh. However, all of the trees beyond the outfield during the final series of games with the New York Giants that were said to be played in September were bare, which is typical during the spring in Pittsburgh. See more »

Quotes

Angel: Well McGovern, you sure talked your way out of that one today. Ten straight games and you had to go and blow it.
Aloysius X. 'Guffy' McGovern: Now look, I...
Angel: Take off your hat.
Aloysius X. 'Guffy' McGovern: Yes Sir... All I said this afternoon...
Angel: I heard what you said. Don't repeat it.
Aloysius X. 'Guffy' McGovern: Now look, the guy called me an ape.
Angel: Bowlegged ape.
Aloysius X. 'Guffy' McGovern: Yeah.
Angel: You are a little bowlegged.
Aloysius X. 'Guffy' McGovern: What am I suppose to do, take it as a compliment? Don't I get a chance to talk back?
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How I miss Forbes Field
5 July 2007 | by War514-1See all my reviews

I was taken by this movie the first time I ever saw it. That was so long ago, I can't even remember when. Paul Douglas as Guffy was superb. Angry, contrite at times, not quite sure what is happening with the angels, but in the end, he is willing to believe. The baseball scenes are pretty realistic. I enjoyed the shots of Forbes Field, as it was always one of my favorite places to watch a ball game. Donna Corcoran and Janet Leigh were both excellent playing their parts. However, the best performance (and most overlooked), was that of Keenan Wynne as the commentator. He played his part so perfectly that you forget this is only a movie. You really wanted to throttle him, the way he denigrated Guffy and the rest of the team. Excellent acting job on his part. James Whitmore did a great job as the voice of the angel, taking no "guff" from Guffy. I enjoyed the scene where Guffy lets his old and tired pitcher (Bruce Bennet) stay in the game, because Whitmore informs Guffy that "We are recruiting him (Bennet) next season." All in all, this was a terrific baseball movie. Yes it was predictable and at times a bit sappy. Having said that, the film was still well done and is certainly a fine movie for family entertainment.


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