The Kid from Left Field
|The Kid from Left Field|
|Directed by||Harmon Jones|
|Produced by||Leonard Goldstein|
|Written by||Jack Sher|
|Music by||Lionel Newman, Music Director|
|Edited by||William H. Reynolds|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
The Kid from Left Field is a 1953 baseball film starring Dan Dailey, Anne Bancroft, Lloyd Bridges, and Billy Chapin. The film marked the reunion of Dailey and director Harmon Jones who had teamed up at 20th Century Fox a year earlier in another baseball film, the biographical The Pride of St. Louis.
Former ballplayer 'Coop' (Dailey) is working as a peanut vendor at the ballpark of a struggling major league club, the Bisons. He has passed on his love of the game to his son Christie (Chapin), but after sneaking his son into the game one too many times, he is fired from his job. Christie ingratiates himself with the former owner's niece (Bancroft) and gets his father's job back as well as a position as batboy for himself.
As a publicity stunt, Christie is named their youngest manager ever, but when he falls ill, Coop replaces him as manager. The Bisons win the pennant and earn a spot in the World Series.
- Dan Dailey as Larry 'Pop' Cooper
- Anne Bancroft as Marian Foley
- Billy Chapin as Christie Cooper
- Lloyd Bridges as Pete Haines
- Ray Collins as Fred F. Whacker
- Richard Egan as Billy Lorant
- Bob Hopkins as Bobo Noonan
- Alex Gerry as J.R. Johnson
- Walter Sande as Barnes
- Fess Parker as McDougal
- The Pride of St. Louis (1952)
- Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p248
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