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Angels in the Outfield

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Paul Douglas, stars with Janet Leigh, as the hot-tempered Pittsburgh Pirates manager whose hard-luck team goes on a wining streak thanks to some heavenly intervention.

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Pure heaven for baseball-movie fans, this charming 1951 fantasy will even make believers out of jaded younger viewers only familiar with the 1994 special effects-laden remake. A pitch-perfect Paul Douglas stars as "Guffy" McGovern, the brawling manager of the last-place, laughing stock Pittsburgh Pirates. The hated, profanity-spewing McGovern is touched by an angel in answer to an orphan girl's prayers for the hapless team. If he cleans up his act, a roster of celestial all-stars will "help" the Pirates. Angels in the Outfield scores with a winning script, clever touches (McGovern's blue language is suggested by a manipulated soundtrack that makes its sound like he's speaking in tongues), and a roster of most valuable players that includes: Janet Leigh as a household hints reporter who begins to take a personal interest in the lovably unlovable McGovern; the adorable Donna Corcoran as the little girl who can see the angels (who, like Harvey the rabbit, are otherwise left to the imagination); Keenan Wynn as a nasty sportscaster with a grudge against McGovern, a pre-Leave It to Beaver Barbara Billingsley as a hatcheck girl; and in amusing cameos, Joe DiMaggio, Ty Cobb, songwriter Harry Ruby, and then Pirates co-owner Bing Crosby. --Donald Liebenson

Special Features

  • Vintage short "Donkey Baseball"
  • Vintage cartoon "Jerry and the Goldfish"
  • Audio only bonus: Radio show adaptation starring Janet Leigh and George Murphy
  • Trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Paul Douglas, Janet Leigh, Keenan Wynn, Donna Corcoran, Lewis Stone
  • Directors: Clarence Brown
  • Writers: Dorothy Kingsley, George Wells, Richard Conlin
  • Producers: Clarence Brown
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JP45
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,464 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Angels in the Outfield" on IMDb

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Tired of all those sappy, mystical, messianic- driven "baseball" movies? Heard enough phrases like "build it and they will come?" Just for the heck of it, watch this one and get a taste of a little grit, a lot of laughs, and a dose of realism. It puts the story of baseball within the context of people's lives- their struggles and their triumphs- through the use of good character development and believable relationships. While angels become part of the plot(I know- how realistic can that be? -you ask), this is nonetheless an honest perspective on the challenges that face us all; it makes the statement that, whether in baseball or in life, we can control our own actions. It just so happens that the film's depiction of ballplayers is also more authentic than what you'll see in more recent "sport" films. This is a great movie from a time when a good story was the starting point for a script. It's got drama, pathos and humor- with excellent performances, especially from the main star, Paul Douglas. Do yourself a favor and enjoy it.
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You don't have to be a baseball fan to enjoy this very well written, directed and acted movie that just happens to be about baseball. The script is intelligent, funny and thoughtful all at the same time. Paul Douglas, Keenan Wynn and Janet Leigh are all at the top of their game for this one. What I liked most is the complete lack of "special effects" - you never see the angels helping the Pittsburgh Pirates, which makes it so much more preferable to the weak gimmick-laden Danny Glover remake of a few years ago.

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.
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I loved this movie. It's cliche to say, but they don't make 'em like this anymore. A decent, but also very funny movie that doesn't get too soppy about the kid-melting-the-heart-of-a-tough-guy thing. Made when Hollywood was not afraid of people who believed in the power of prayer, and were able to cheer when a man recognized his need for redemption. Listen for the ingenious use of garbled voice-over to cover the colorful language of the "hero." I especially enjoyed the court-room debate over the existence of angels. This movie is family friendly, but has an intelligent, mature script. I'd give it 5 popcorns, two hankies, and a resounding, "Praise the Lord." Just smile, and enjoy it.
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Movies today should be like this one. My husband has spoken for years about a movie he saw as a young boy. He ended up naming his sister for his parents as a tike because of this movie so for his birthday, it was a very special gift for me to give and for him to receive this DVD. We watched it his birthday night and LOVED 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!
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Clarence Brown's charming family flick ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD was remade in 1994 with Danny Glover as lead. This 1951 version is superior, however.

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.

Also recommended:
Another fine baseball-related film released in '51 is RHUBARB.
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From Amazon Exclusive to Cancelled Pre-Order??
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?

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