Angels in the Outfield (1951)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American fantasy film directed by Clarence Brown.

Plot Summary

Journalist Jennifer Paige comes to believe that the Pittsburgh Pirates' current losing streak is the fault of the team's abusive manager. She begins to hear the voice of an angel telling her that he will help the team if she can get the man to change his ways. Then a young orphan girl who has been praying for the team starts seeing in the outfield…


* = uncredited

Directed by: Clarence Brown
Copyright MCMLI [1951] in U.S.A. by Loew's Incorporated
Metro Goldwyn Mayer [logo]. Produced by Loew's Incorporated. Made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Produced by: Clarence Brown
Screen Play by: Dorothy Kimgsley and George Wells
Based on a Story by: Richard Conlin
Assistant Director: Howard W. Koch *
Director of Photography: Paul C. Vogel
Film Editor: Robert J. Kern
Montage Sequences by: Peter Ballbusch
Musical Score by: Daniele Amfitheatrof
Recording Supervisor: Douglas Shearer
Western Electric Sound System
Make-Up by: William Tuttle
Hair Styles Designed by: Sydney Guilaroff
Special Effects: A. Arnold Gillespie, Warren Newcombe
Art Directors: Cedric Gibbons and Edward Carfagno
Set Decorations: Hugh Hunt, Edwin B. Willis
Made in Hollywood, U.S.A.
Locations: Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA *; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA *; Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, USA *; Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York City, New York, USA *

Paul Douglas (Aloysius X. ‘Guffy' McGovern)
Janet Leigh (Jennifer Paige)
Keenan Wynn (Fred Bayles)
Lewis Stone (Arnold P. Hapgood)
Spring Byington (Sister Edwitha)
Bruce Bennett (Saul Hellman)
Marvin Kaplan (Timothy Durney)
Ellen Corby (Sister Veronica)
Donna Corcoran (Bridget White)

Alternative Titles

Angels and the Pirates – UK title

Angels in the Outfield (1994)

Extracts included in
Sports on the Silver Screen (1997)



  • Ghosts and Angels in Hollywood Films by James Robert Parish pp.14-16 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p. 24 – credits, review
  • by Walt Lee p.14 – credits
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes: An Illustrated Filmography, with Plot Synopses and Critical Commentary by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester pp.35-36 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Fantasy by David Pringle (general ed.) p.59 – credits, review