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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
Renowned Hall of Famer Harold "Pie" Traynor, Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman, appears toward the end of the film in a cameo. The ballplayer-turned manager-turned sports announcer plays a Pirates coach in the film and also was hired to serve as the film's technical sports advisor. See more »
In the final inning of the final game, in several close-ups on Pirates pitcher Hellman, the flag behind him is blowing to the left on one pitch, to the right on the next pitch, and back to the left on the next pitch. See more »
Have to use the word "cute" to describe this one...
And that's even though I hate using that adjective to describe any movie, but this one fits the bill perfectly. PAUL DOUGLAS is a temperamental baseball player who makes a deal with a heavenly angel to curb his temper and maybe win a few games with help from above.
JANET LEIGH is a girl reporter who eventually falls in love with Douglas (hey, this is a movie!!) after a rather brief courtship during which both she and Douglas fall in love with little Donna Corcoran. This little girl has one of the sweetest, most angelic faces I've ever seen on a child actress and she's got a sincerity that makes everything she says and does look perfectly natural.
The orphanage where the girl is sheltered is run by SPRING BYINGTON, in one of her most unusual roles as a nun who knows baseball, and ELLEN CORBY who does a wistfully sweet job as a beaming assistant to Byington.
The baseball flavor gets help from some real footage of Pirate games and some humorous clips of famous people commenting on the angel situation. Among the movie stars, Bing Crosby playing golf.
The story is a morality tale done without any special effects gimmicks. I didn't see the remake, but I understand it did use CGI to make more graphic use of the angel element. KEENAN WYNN has the film's only unlikeable role as a sports announcer who's cynical about the little girl's claim that she sees angels in the outfield.
Summing up: An amiable comedy, well played by Douglas, Leigh and Corcoran.
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