Angels in the Outfield (1951) 1951 NR CC

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The short-tempered manager of baseball's struggling Pittsburgh Pirates mends his ways in return for a little divine assistance. With cameos by stars of 1950's baseball.

Starring:
Paul Douglas, Janet Leigh
Runtime:
1 hour 40 minutes

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Angels in the Outfield (1951)

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Genres Sports, Fantasy, Comedy, Kids & Family
Director Clarence Brown
Starring Paul Douglas, Janet Leigh
Supporting actors Keenan Wynn, Donna Corcoran, Lewis Stone, Spring Byington, Bruce Bennett, Marvin Kaplan, Ellen Corby, Jeff Richards, John Gallaudet, King Donovan, Don Haggerty, Paul Salata, Fred Graham, John McKee, Patrick J. Molyneaux, Barbara Billingsley, Steve Borowitz, Chet Brandenburg
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
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Customer Reviews

Anyways a very good baseball movie.
big ed
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.
sand-da-man
This movie is much different than the remake.
Bridget Schabron

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By sand-da-man on July 8, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By William J. Finane on July 3, 2006
Format: DVD
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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Pen in Hand on June 11, 2006
Format: DVD
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jane Parks-mckay on December 2, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 14, 2009
Format: DVD
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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