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Angels in the Outfield (1951)

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Cute baseball fantasy overshadowed by remake.

Movie NR 1951 102 minutes
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Angels in the Outfield is a lot of fun, if you don't mind old-fashioned attitudes and black-and-white stock footage of baseball games. It gently slides into a case of ethical Christianity and persecution, as the hot-headed McGovern strains to remain meek even when pushed to the breaking point. There's also a rarely-seen-anymore religious angle, wherein an ecumenical trio of a minister, a priest, and a rabbi all unite for a resounding defense of the biblical existence of angels.

Under the old studio-censorship code, McGovern's horrific swearing couldn't be allowed to be heard; thus a Hollywood sound-effects department scrambled actor Paul Douglas' ravings into an unintelligible babble that's pretty funny. Note that no angels are actually shown; viewers are left to their own imaginations. Disney's big-budget 1994 remake () has special-effects jazz and some PG-level salty language, but you still might want to get kids to sit still with the original. Ask which version they like better and why.

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