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Angels in the Outfield (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | 19 October 1951 (USA)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Aloysius X. 'Guffy' McGovern
... Jennifer Paige
... Fred Bayles
... Bridget White
... Commissioner Arnold P. Hapgood
... Sister Edwitha
... Saul Hellman
... Timothy Durney
... Sister Veronica
... Dave Rothberg
... Joe Reynolds
... Mack McGee
... Rube Ronson
Paul Salata ... Tony Minelli
... Chunk (coach)
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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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James Stewart and June Allyson appear in a clip from The Stratton Story (1949) in the film's trailer. 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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Angel: Well McGovern, you sure talked your way out of that one today. Ten straight games and you had to go and blow it.
Aloysius X. 'Guffy' McGovern: Now look, I...
Angel: Take off your hat.
Aloysius X. 'Guffy' McGovern: Yes Sir... All I said this afternoon...
Angel: I heard what you said. Don't repeat it.
Aloysius X. 'Guffy' McGovern: Now look, the guy called me an ape.
Angel: Bowlegged ape.
Aloysius X. 'Guffy' McGovern: Yeah.
Angel: You are a little bowlegged.
Aloysius X. 'Guffy' McGovern: What am I suppose to do, take it as a compliment? Don't I get a chance to talk back?
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Angels Alert
2 November 2003 | by See 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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