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Angels in the Outfield (1951)

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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

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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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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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During the climactic final game vs. New York, several players are shown with multiple uniform numbers on their backs at different times in the game. This is likely due to the use of actual game footage spliced into the film. Various players are shown with two, three or even four different numbers. Hellman, the Pirates pitcher, has both #17 and #26. Similarly the Giants pitcher is shown with #28 and #31. Two New York batters have three different numbers during the courses of their at-bats. One has #18, #2x (not visible) and #9. The other has #x2 (not visible), #15 and #36. The New York catcher is actually shown with four different numbers! (#10 (on the scoreboard), #5, #7 and #36. See more »

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Aloysius X. 'Guffy' McGovern: [looking up, speaking about Hellman] You're getting a good man.
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Angels Alert
2 November 2003 | by smithy-8See all my reviews

"Angels in the Outfield" (1951) is the one of the best and most original comedies ever made. It is about a baseball manager (Paul Douglas) who loses his temper too much until he hears an angel's voice (James Whitmore), who makes a deal with him. He and his other angels will help the baseball team win games if the manager stops losing his temper. When the deal is set, the manager's life changes. It is a lovely movie to watch.

The movie should have been nominated with Academy Awards for the major categories. It was totally ignored. Paul Douglas and Bruce Bennett, as the aging baseball player, should have been nominated for best actor and best supporting actor. They have something in common; both of them made another great movie in their long careers: Douglas made "Letter to Three Wives" and Bennett made "Mildred Pierce". "Angels in the Outfield" was perfectly cast. Another outstanding performance was by Kennan Wynn in his best role and best movie. Mr. Wynn should have been nominated for best supporting actor, too.


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