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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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Jack Sher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Dailey ... Larry 'Pop' Cooper
Anne Bancroft ... Marian Foley
Billy Chapin ... Christy 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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The wackily wonderful story that waves pennants in your heart! 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:

The Kid in Left Field See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Take Me Out to the Ball Game
(uncredited)
Music by Albert von Tilzer
Lyrics by Jack Norworth
Sung during the opening credits by an off-screen vocal group
Played often in the score
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A charming nostalgic baseball film from the early 1950's
26 July 2005 | by john-cannonSee all my reviews

'The Kid From Left Field' is a wonderful baseball film made in the early fifties and breathes the nostalgia of that time period. Child actor Billy Chapin becomes a batboy for the woeful Bisons (a copy of the old St. Louis Browns) and proceeds to inform the players of how they can correct their individual problems. Unbeknownst to the team, Chapin's wisdom is from his father, a washed-up player who has become a peanut vendor and lacks confidence and courage - in spite of his obvious baseball knowledge. Pretty soon, Chapin becomes the nine year old manager of the team with dramatic results that bind father to son; you can't help but root for the Bisons! A baseball fantasy - but filled with much innocence and charm. Surprisingly, this movie has never made it to VHS or DVD. I loved it as a kid - equally as an adult!


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