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Angels in the Outfield (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | 19 October 1951 (USA)
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A young woman reporter blames the Pittsburgh Pirates' losing streak on the obscenely abusive manager. While she attempts to learn more about him for her column, he begins hearing the voice ... See full summary »


Clarence Brown


Richard Conlin (story), Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Douglas ... Aloysius X. 'Guffy' McGovern
Janet Leigh ... Jennifer Paige
Keenan Wynn ... Fred Bayles
Donna Corcoran ... Bridget White
Lewis Stone ... Commissioner Arnold P. Hapgood
Spring Byington ... Sister Edwitha
Bruce Bennett ... Saul Hellman
Marvin Kaplan ... Timothy Durney
Ellen Corby ... Sister Veronica
Jeff Richards ... Dave Rothberg
John Gallaudet ... Joe Reynolds
King Donovan ... Mack McGee
Don Haggerty ... Rube Ronson
Paul Salata Paul Salata ... Tony Minelli
Fred Graham ... Chunk (coach)


A young woman reporter blames the Pittsburgh Pirates' losing streak on the obscenely abusive manager. While she attempts to learn more about him for her column, he begins hearing the voice of an angel promising him help for the team if he will mend his ways. As he does so, an orphan girl who is a Pirates fan and has been praying for the team begins noticing angels on the ballfield. Sure enough, the Pirates start winning, and McGovern tries to turn his life around. But can he keep his temper long enough for the Pirates to win the NL pennant? Written by <mailcall@intersource.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The roughest guy you ever met ... until an angel said "Hello!"


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Release Date:

19 October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angels and the Pirates See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The cursing in the film was handled by taking an actual recording of classic double-talk, cutting it into multiple segments of one or two syllables, rearranging them and pasting them back together. A similar trick was used 31 years later in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) when Spock speaks to Savaak in the Vulcan language. While many assume that this was a simple reversal of the audio, this is not the case. See more »


In the bottom of the 5th inning, the first Pirates batter is wearing #11. He is retired by New York and goes back to the dugout. Three more batters come to the plate, with another being retired and two scoring. That makes two out, two in, with no one on base. But the next batter that comes to the plate is again wearing #11. This is impossible, the same batter would not have been up again so soon, and two players can't have the same uniform number. See more »


Angel: Well McGovern, you sure talked your way out of that one today. Ten straight games and you had to go and blow it.
Aloysius X. 'Guffy' McGovern: Now look, I...
Angel: Take off your hat.
Aloysius X. 'Guffy' McGovern: Yes Sir... All I said this afternoon...
Angel: I heard what you said. Don't repeat it.
Aloysius X. 'Guffy' McGovern: Now look, the guy called me an ape.
Angel: Bowlegged ape.
Aloysius X. 'Guffy' McGovern: Yeah.
Angel: You are a little bowlegged.
Aloysius X. 'Guffy' McGovern: What am I suppose to do, take it as a compliment? Don't I get a chance to talk back?
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Complete surprise
3 September 2002 | by poppa4lifeSee all my reviews

I caught this movie on AMC late one Saturday night. The difference from this movie classic and the Disney effort was like night and day. This movie had more feeling and better acting. Don't Get me wrong, Danny Glover and Joseph Gordan-Levett, and Tony Danza did well, but not as good as the original cast.

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