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The Kid from Left Field (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Sport | 29 June 1953 (USA)
Coop's an ex-ballplayer is now a peanut vendor, who takes too much of an interest in the game. But he's passed on his craze for baseball to his son, Christie. When his dad gets fired, Chris... See full summary »

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Harmon Jones

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Jack Sher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Dailey ... Larry 'Pop' Cooper
Anne Bancroft ... Marian Foley
Billy Chapin ... Christy Cooper
Lloyd Bridges ... Pete Haines
Ray Collins ... Fred F. Whacker
Richard Egan ... Billy Lorant
Bob Hopkins Bob Hopkins ... Bobo Noonan
Alex Gerry ... J.R. Johnson
Walter Sande ... Barnes
Fess Parker ... McDougal
George Phelps George Phelps ... Tony
John Gallaudet ... Hyams
Paul Salata Paul Salata ... Larson
John Beradino ... Hank Dreiser (as John Berardino)
Gene Thompson Gene Thompson ... Jim Cary, Pitcher
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Storyline

Coop's an ex-ballplayer is now a peanut vendor, who takes too much of an interest in the game. But he's passed on his craze for baseball to his son, Christie. When his dad gets fired, Chris makes friends with the former team owner's niece (and her boyfriend Pete), and not only gets his dad's job back, but a batboy position for himself. With his dad's help, Christie begins to make a few suggestions here and there. And as a publicity stunt, the team makes him their youngest manager on record. But when Chris gets sick, Coop has to come to the rescue. Written by Kathy Li

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baseball | sports team | See All (2) »

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The Grand Picture About the Grandest Game of All -- You'll Love Every Wonderful Minute of It! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Kid in Left Field See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

No matter what the on base situation, the pitcher always takes a full windup rather than throwing from the stretch. See more »

Goofs

The Bisons' home park is portrayed by Los Angeles' now-defunct Wrigley Field. At the end, when the Bisons are announced as opening the World Series at Brooklyn, the venue is still Wrigley Field, although it should be Ebbetts Field. See more »

Connections

Remade as The Kid from Left Field (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Chattanooga Choo Choo
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Christie sneaks into the stadium and meets Marian
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Interesting "fantasy" movie
11 December 2003 | by MountainManSee all my reviews

Great actors, mediocre movie. The premise of this movie has been used in many movies. You know, where a team is slumping terribly and along comes some 'magical' external influence to change it all around (eg. Major League). The problem with the screenplay of this movie is how they depicted the teams' slump, with balls rolling through infielder's legs, dropped easy fly balls, and batters clueless as to their hitting slumps. And worst of all was when the outfielder had his glove out to catch a fly ball and the ball hit him square in the forehead. Good for laughs, but jeeeez, these guys are MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS. But the KID solves the problems of these major league players (more fantasy). Fun to watch anyway, but only got my 5/10.


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