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Angels in the Outfield 1951 [VHS]
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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 sweet and emotional (for me anyway) movie providing some supernatural explanation of the amazing things that happen in baseball.Published 14 days ago by DR HENRY S ITKIN
I ordered this for my Mom, since this is one of her favorite movies. It's well acted, with a real baseball team, and an all around feel good movie.Published 3 months ago by KarToon12
I was interested to see how it compared to the newer version, released in 1994 with Danny Glover, Joseph Gordon-Leavitt, and Christopher Lloyd. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tim Frisk
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