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Release Date:
19 October 1951 (USA) See more »
The toughest guy you ever met ... until an angel said "Hello!"
A young woman reporter blames the Pittsburgh Pirates' losing streak on the obscenely abusive manager... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 ... Tony Minelli

Fred Graham ... Chunk (coach)
John McKee ... Bill Baxter (catcher)
Patrick J. Molyneaux ... Patrick J. Finley
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Adams ... Court Room Spectator (uncredited)

Leon Alton ... Radio Technician (uncredited)

Al Bain ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

Barbara Billingsley ... Hat Check Girl in Restaurant (uncredited)
Steve Borowitz ... Umpire (uncredited)

Chet Brandenburg ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
John Burger ... Umpire (uncredited)

John Butler ... Baseball Game Spectator (uncredited)
Ty Cobb ... Ty Cobb (uncredited)
Harry Cody ... Reporter (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Steakhouse Diner (uncredited)

Bing Crosby ... Bing Crosby (uncredited)
Fred Datig Jr. ... Photographer (uncredited)
Jack Deery ... Hearing Spectator (uncredited)

Joe DiMaggio ... Joe DiMaggio (uncredited)
Lawrence Dobkin ... Rabbi Allen Hahn (uncredited)
John Downey ... Smalley, Stadium Gate Guard (uncredited)
John Eldredge ... Dr. Eustace Danforth (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Boston Braves Manager (uncredited)

Douglas Fowley ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
J.R. Fuchs ... Tim Killie (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Kenneth Gibson ... Hearing Spectator (uncredited)

James Gonzalez ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

Dick Gordon ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

Peter Graves ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Waiter (uncredited)

Richard Hale ... Dr. Blane, Psychiatrist (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Steakhouse Diner (uncredited)

Harry Hayden ... Dr. Jordan, Bridget's Doctor (uncredited)

Bill Hickman ... 1st Reporter (uncredited)

George Hoagland ... Reporter (uncredited)
Tom Irish ... Copy Boy (uncredited)

Tor Johnson ... Wrestler on TV (uncredited)
Lefty Kendall ... Umpire (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns ... 3rd Baseman (uncredited)
Ralph Kiner ... Player Wearing #4 Who Hits Home Run (uncredited)
Jake Lebec ... Lou Mandekic (uncredited)

George Magrill ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

Hank Mann ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Billy Miller ... Al Minden (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Spectator Companion in Stands (uncredited)
Beverly Mook ... Frances (uncredited)

Richard Neill ... Steakhouse Diner (uncredited)
Sam Neron ... Philly Coach (uncredited)

Judy Nugent ... Margaret (uncredited)

Tudor Owen ... Father O'Houlihan (uncredited)
Eddie Parks ... Waiter (uncredited)
Dan Riss ... Ed Kirney (uncredited)

John Roy ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Harry Ruby ... Harry Ruby (uncredited)
Fred Santley ... 2nd Reporter (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Reporter (uncredited)

Charles Sherlock ... Boston Umpire (uncredited)

Dick Simmons ... Larry Moss (uncredited)
J. Lewis Smith ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jack Snyder ... Carl Cruickshank (uncredited)
Norman Stevans ... Steakhouse Diner (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Steakhouse Patron (uncredited)
Ken Swanson ... Left Fielder (uncredited)
Harold Traynor ... Pittsburgh Pirates Coach in Dugout (uncredited)
Bill Walker ... Waiter on Train (uncredited)
Paul Waner ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Blue Washington ... Doorman (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Cab Driver (uncredited)

James Whitmore ... Angel (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Clarence Brown 
Writing credits
Richard Conlin (story)

Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay) &
George Wells (screenplay)

Produced by
Clarence Brown .... producer
Original Music by
Daniele Amfitheatrof 
Cinematography by
Paul Vogel (director of photography) (as Paul C. Vogel)
Film Editing by
Robert Kern  (as Robert J. Kern)
Art Direction by
Edward C. Carfagno  (as Edward Carfagno)
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Hugh Hunt 
Edwin B. Willis 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair designer
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jay Marchant .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Howard W. Koch .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Editorial Department
Peter Ballbusch .... montage
Music Department
Edward H. Plumb .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Edward H. Plumb .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Harold Traynor .... technical advisor: sports
Sister Frances .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Sister Henrietta .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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99 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Did You Know?

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 6, 1953 with Janet Leigh reprising her film role.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When the sign is changed from a bunt to hit-away, the batter singles to left field with a runner on second base. The pitcher incorrectly runs toward third base instead of home plate to back up the catcher on a play to home plate.See more »
Aloysius X. 'Guffy' McGovern:Dogs have fleas, managers have reporters.See more »


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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Now who'd have thought angels would be helping a bunch of pirates., 1 November 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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