6.6/10
293
9 user 3 critic

The Kid from Left Field (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Sport | July 1953 (USA)
Coop's an ex-ballplayer is now a peanut vendor, who takes too much of an interest in the game. But he's passed on his craze for baseball to his son, Christie. When his dad gets fired, Chris... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

WAYS TO
WATCH:

See all
Won 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A man gives his co-worker a series of lessons on how to cheat on one's wife without being caught.

Director: Gene Kelly
Stars: Walter Matthau, Inger Stevens, Sue Ane Langdon
Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

At a carnival called the Garden of Evil, a man is murdered, apparently by a gorilla...or someone in a gorilla suit.

Director: Harmon Jones
Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Anne Bancroft, Lee J. Cobb
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An airline pilot, dumped by his girlfriend, pursues a baby-sitter in his hotel...and gradually realizes she's dangerous.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Richard Widmark, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Captain Vinka Kovelenko defects from Russia, but not for political reasons. She defects because she feels discriminated against as a woman. Captain Chuck Lockwood gets the order to show her... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Bob Hope, Katharine Hepburn, Noelle Middleton
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A party girl is murdered, and everyone at a Utah motel is a suspect.

Director: Howard W. Koch
Stars: Lex Barker, Anne Bancroft, Mamie Van Doren
Biography | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Indian Agent sent to try new approach to peace with Apaches based on respect for automomy rather than submission to Army. Wins over reservation chiefs and the Indian widow (Bancroft) given ... See full summary »

Director: Jesse Hibbs
Stars: Audie Murphy, Anne Bancroft, Pat Crowley
Nightfall (1957)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Through a series of bizarre coincidences artist finds himself falsely accused of bank robbery and murder and is pursued by the authorities and the real killers.

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Aldo Ray, Anne Bancroft, Brian Keith
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A young boy-genius befriends his grandfather's robot, designed as a test pilot for space travel and coveted by foreign spies.

Director: Lee Sholem
Stars: Charles Drake, Karin Booth, Billy Chapin
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A mobster (Quinn) springs a condemmed murderer (Grainger) because he got his sister (Bancroft) pregnant.

Director: Maxwell Shane
Stars: Farley Granger, Anthony Quinn, Anne Bancroft
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The story picks up at the point where "The Robe (1953)" ends, following the martyrdom of Diana and Marcellus. Christ's robe is conveyed to Peter for safe-keeping, but the emperor Caligula ... See full summary »

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Victor Mature, Susan Hayward, Michael Rennie
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Story of the legendary impresario Sol Hurok and the many stars that he introduced and represented to the world of music.

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: David Wayne, Ezio Pinza, Roberta Peters
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Jean-Paul rebels against his bondage to his uncle, the Marquis de St. Malo, and journeys to the far-off Mayan hills of Guatemala seeking a hidden treasure. He is the rightful heir to his ... See full summary »

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Cornel Wilde, Constance Smith, Finlay Currie
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Larry 'Pop' Cooper
...
Marian Foley
...
Christie Cooper
...
Pete Haines
...
Fred F. Whacker
...
Billy Lorant
Bob Hopkins ...
Bobo Noonan
Alex Gerry ...
J.R. Johnson
...
Barnes
...
McDougal
George Phelps ...
Tony
John Gallaudet ...
Hyams
Paul Salata ...
Larson
John Beradino ...
Hank Dreiser (as John Berardino)
Gene Thompson ...
Jim Cary, Pitcher
Edit

Storyline

Coop's an ex-ballplayer is now a peanut vendor, who takes too much of an interest in the game. But he's passed on his craze for baseball to his son, Christie. When his dad gets fired, Chris makes friends with the former team owner's niece (and her boyfriend Pete), and not only gets his dad's job back, but a batboy position for himself. With his dad's help, Christie begins to make a few suggestions here and there. And as a publicity stunt, the team makes him their youngest manager on record. But when Chris gets sick, Coop has to come to the rescue. Written by Kathy Li

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

baseball | sports team | See All (2) »

Taglines:

The Grand Picture About the Grandest Game of All -- You'll Love Every Wonderful Minute of It! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

July 1953 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Remade as The Kid from Left Field (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

The Right Kind
(uncredited)
Written by Don George, Lionel Newman and Charles Henderson
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Cute, But Too Unrealistic With The Ballplayers
23 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I know it's only a fantasy film but, still, if you know the slightest thing about baseball this movie can be annoying at times because ballplayers would NOT act like this. Even worse, Major League players wouldn't be this inept, to begin with. These guys couldn't make a Little League team, and they are playing professional baseball??? Come on...how much are we supposed to swallow here?!!

Listen.....it's a nice story and a good-natured film, but it's just too far-fetched. However, I can some non-baseball fans enjoying it, or older folks enjoying this for the pure nostalgia of seeing some baseball back 50 years ago. I like that part, myself, and appreciate a movie with some sentimentality and sweetness to it, which this does. I also like Dan Dailey, who plays the boy's father. Billy Chapin is likable as the kid, too....so what I am crying about?

It's just that no ballclub is going to employ (or even listen to) some little kid, even if it is secretly coming from his knowledgeable dad. Maybe I've watched too many Steven Spielberg movies. He always portrays kids as smarter than adults, which is ludicrous. I hate to see the same in a classic-era film in which writers had more sense than the twisted politically-correct morons of today.


8 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Can this movie be obtained? Brian1020JL
Guys DO get hit on the forehead DUMOLT
No Subject helica9
Discuss The Kid from Left Field (1953) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?