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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

Writer:

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 »

Genres:

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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Trivia

No matter what the on base situation, the pitcher always takes a full windup rather than throwing from the stretch. 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 modest, whimsical crowd-pleaser...
12 June 2010 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Jack Sher wrote this undemanding feel-good baseball comedy which drips with sentiment but isn't insufferable about it. Former major league ballplayer, now a single dad living on a slim salary hawking fresh roasted peanuts at the ballpark, gives his son invaluable player-tips once the kid becomes a bat-boy for the Bisons. The youngster passes his father's advice on to the teammates (along with some of his own baseball savvy) and soon the team is winning every game. Original sports entry for families is nearly an anomaly for the genre; the screenplay doesn't resort to heavenly assistance or wild gimmickry to get the team to the winners' circle, although little Billy Chapin is briefly appointed the team's manager. The pacing only drops off in the romantic subplot between 'over-the-hill' 36-year-old ballplayer Lloyd Bridges and secretary Anne Bancroft. Otherwise a very likable film, not sharply directed or incisively written, but entirely pleasant. Remade for TV in 1979. **1/2 from ****


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