Angels in the Outfield
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A plus is all of the location shooting in Pittsburgh in its heyday in the early 50's, including Forbes Field, one of the great old ballparks that was replaced by the god-awful Three Rivers Stadium, since replaced by one of the "new-old" ballparks that tries to recapture the feel of places like Forbes Field.
This is a great movie for the whole family, and has one of those feel-good foundations that charges movies like "Miracle on 34th Street", only this time it's angels instead of Santa Claus. You'll love it.
Movies don't have to have the violence and dramatic special effects they have today, Lord knows there is too much stress and negativity in the world. It was great watching a movie that made you smile and yet had great character development, plot and dialogue. We loved seeing the former baseball greats in their heydey.
I highly recommend this movie, it's a keeper and something you'll watch time and time again!
The Pittsburgh Pirates are the losingest team in American sports history. As of late 2009, they've finished under .500 for 17 straight seasons. In 1951 (the year this film was released) their won-lost record was a dismal 64-90. No wonder then that this tale of angelic intervention was so popular, especially in the Steel City!
Here, Miss Leigh plays a girl reporter who blames the Pirates' dismal luck on their caustic manager Paul Douglas. When foul-mouthed Douglas starts hearing a divine voice (Whitmore) he vows to change his nasty ways if it will help the team. Sure enough, Pittsburgh goes on a winning streak! An orphan girl (and diehard Pirates fan) claims she can see angels on the field actively helping her team out. In fact, these spirits are deceased all-star players whose assistance may abruptly end if Douglas can't live up to his word.
Fans of baseball history will love this picture for several reasons: it's filmed at old Forbes Field, there's game footage plus cameos of Joe DiMaggio, Ralph Kiner (who slugs a homer) and Ty Cobb (considered by many the greatest baseballer of all time). Also here is Bing Crosby (he owned 15% of the team), songwriter Harry Ruby, Barbara Billingsley (as a hatcheck girl) and Peter Graves (radio announcer). Ed Wood fave Tor Johnson is seen as a wrestler on TV.
Another fine baseball-related film released in '51 is RHUBARB.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must-see if you are a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball fan, or a baseball fan in general. This movie was filmed at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh before it was torn down. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dan
THIS DVD DID NOT WORK PROPERLY. WHEN CAN I GET MY MONEY BACK?Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Yes it's in Black & White. But it's a great family movie that will teach your kids that profanity is not a heavenly trait.Published 5 months ago by submariner
*Spoiler Alert* I thoroughly enjoyed this movie! I went from laughing at Paul Douglas for melting Janet Leigh's shoes and at the producers for making Douglas's rants echo until... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Little Catdog
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Good to know I'm not alone. Even tho the dvd was for my dad, i'm horrified. It simply doesn't make sense.
I also want a explanation. More so then "we had to cancel this part of your order". To bad it's a 'amazon exclusive".
Did the studio pull out of releasing it?
Also,... Read More
Feb 1, 2007 by Katherine C. | See all 3 posts