Angels in the Outfield

1951 NR 1h 39m DVD

Angels in the Outfield

1951 NR 1h 39m DVD
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The Pittsburgh Pirates are on a losing streak, and Coach McGovern's bad attitude could have something to do with it. But thanks to a meddling reporter, the prayers of an orphan girl and some help from above, the team may be on the road to a comeback.
Janet Leigh, Lewis Stone, Ellen Corby, Paul Douglas, Donna Corcoran, Keenan Wynn, Bruce Bennett, Spring Byington, Ty Cobb, Joe DiMaggio, Bing Crosby
Clarence Brown
Full Screen 1.37:1
English: Dolby Digital Mono
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 7+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 7+
age 7+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that there is a main character notorious for his brawling and profanity; the filmmakers under the old studio censorship code got around that by having his "filthy" tirades scrambled by the sound effects department into a mushy babble. You can't make out a word. It's actually pretty funny, maybe more so than hearing the real obscenities. Also know that this is not the 1994 Disney remake of the baseball comedy filled with ethereal special effects, but rather the less fancy original black-and-white version, which leaves the angels invisible throughout.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


A few punches thrown.


While McGovern swears a blue streak, his words are amusingly scrambled on the soundtrack into unintelligible babble.

Social Behavior

The movie is about the spiritual redemption of Guffy McGovern, who goes from a profane brawler and alienated bachelor to more or less a gentleman, suitor, and even adoptive father. In one scene two Christian priests and a rabbi provide a united front in his defense. There' s some '50s-style stereotyping of women, in the prissy heroine. And in keeping with the pre-Jackie Robinson MLB, all the players are white.


Plugs for the real-life Pittsburgh Pirates and baseball are pretty inescapable.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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