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The Kid from Left Field (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Sport | 29 June 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 »

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Harmon Jones

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Jack Sher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Dailey ... Larry 'Pop' Cooper
Anne Bancroft ... Marian Foley
Billy Chapin ... Christie Cooper
Lloyd Bridges ... Pete Haines
Ray Collins ... Fred F. Whacker
Richard Egan ... Billy Lorant
Bob Hopkins Bob Hopkins ... Bobo Noonan
Alex Gerry ... J.R. Johnson
Walter Sande ... Barnes
Fess Parker ... McDougal
George Phelps George Phelps ... Tony
John Gallaudet ... Hyams
Paul Salata Paul Salata ... Larson
John Beradino ... Hank Dreiser (as John Berardino)
Gene Thompson Gene Thompson ... Jim Cary, Pitcher
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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

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baseball | sports team | See All (2) »

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

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Comedy | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El pequeño gigante See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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No matter what the on base situation, the pitcher always takes a full windup rather than throwing from the stretch. See more »

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The Bisons' home park is portrayed by Los Angeles' now-defunct Wrigley Field. At the end, when the Bisons are announced as opening the World Series at Brooklyn, the venue is still Wrigley Field, although it should be Ebbetts Field. See more »

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

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Chattanooga Choo Choo
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Christie sneaks into the stadium and meets Marian
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Cute, But Too Unrealistic With The Ballplayers
23 January 2008 | by ccthemovieman-1See 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.


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