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Angels in the Outfield (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | 19 October 1951 (USA)
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Commissioner Arnold P. Hapgood
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Saul Hellman
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Timothy Durney
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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 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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Angels and the Pirates  »

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Forbes Field was demolished in 1971 after the Pirates moved to Three Rivers Stadium in 1970. See more »

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When the Giants score in the top of the 5th inning of the final game of the season on a home run, the camera wide-shot angel shot of the entire left scoreboard shows the clock with the time at 2:50 PM. The next batter is out at first base but the clock now shows 1:30 PM in the background of different wide shot angle. The next scene reverts back to again show 2:50 PM. See more »

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Aloysius X. 'Guffy' McGovern: Dogs have fleas, managers have reporters.
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Now who'd have thought angels would be helping a bunch of pirates.
1 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Before the New York Mets came along, the Pittsburgh Pirates were the first name in baseball for flat footed futility. At the time that Angels in the Outfield was made the Pirates had a long term lease on the National League cellar. In fact the only reason the Pirates drew any crowds at all was the presence of the premier slugger in the National League, Ralph Kiner. One shudders to think where they might have finished without him.

But that's reality. In this film some heavenly help is granted the Pirates, presumably by a long suffering Deity who's maybe a Pirate fan. That is on condition that manager Paul Douglas clean up his act. He's told that by unseen angel James Whitmore.

As it turns out Douglas is not the only one getting celestial visitations. He only hears angels, but little Donna Corcoran sees them behind every Pirate player on the field. When reporter Janet Leigh writes the story all kinds of complications ensue.

Even without the special effects of the 1994 remake, Angels in the Outfield still maintains an innocent charm that is irresistible to baseball fans of a perennial losing team. After all we found out in Damn Yankees the kind of outside help they've been getting to stay on top.

Nine years later the Pirates were in fact World Series winners, humbling the mighty Yankees in seven games. And for thirty years after that the Pirates were a contending ball club. They're back in the doldrums that Angels in the Outfield portrays. Maybe time for another heavenly assist.


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