Kid from Left Field

The Kid from Left Field

Director: Harmon Jones, Dan Dailey, Anne Bancroft, Billy Chapin

Cast: Harmon Jones, Dan Dailey, Anne Bancroft, Billy Chapin

     
 
Despite the lighthearted promotional campaign mounted by 20th Century-Fox when the film was first released, The Kid from Left Field is not a comedy. The title character is young Christy Mathewson Cooper (Billy Chapin), the son of former big-league ballplayer Larry Cooper (Dan Dailey), who is now reduced to hawking peanuts at the ballpark. Securing a job as a

Overview

Despite the lighthearted promotional campaign mounted by 20th Century-Fox when the film was first released, The Kid from Left Field is not a comedy. The title character is young Christy Mathewson Cooper (Billy Chapin), the son of former big-league ballplayer Larry Cooper (Dan Dailey), who is now reduced to hawking peanuts at the ballpark. Securing a job as a batboy with a team called the Bisons, Christy amazes the players and management by giving them tips on how to win games. What no one knows is that Christy is passing along information provided by his father. Impressed by Christy's apparent expertise, third baseman Pete Haines (Lloyd Bridges) tells team secretary Marion Foley (Anne Bancroft) about the boy. She, in turn, tells Bisons owner Whacker (Ray Collins), a "Bill Veeck" type ever on the alert for a new publicity gimmick. Whacker promptly appoints the pint-sized Christy as manager of the team, replacing the ill-tempered Billy Lorant (a truly venomous performance by Richard Egan). Larry is about to spill the beans concerning Christy's baseball knowledgeability, but he decides not to, considering himself a burnt-out has-been. And that's all that can be revealed without giving away the ending. Its whimsical premise notwithstanding, Kid from Left Field is treated as a straight drama, with several near-noir long shots of the shadow-drenched ballpark. The film was remade for television in 1978 as a vehicle for Gary Coleman.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2012
UPC:
0024543848653
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Mod
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:20:00
Sales rank:
15,363

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dan Dailey Larry "Pop" Cooper
Anne Bancroft Marian Foley
Billy Chapin Christie Cooper
Lloyd Bridges Pete Haines
Ray Collins Whacker
Richard Egan Billy Lorant
Bob Hopkins Bobo Noonan
Alex Gerry J.R. Johnson
Walter Sande Barnes
Fess Parker McDougal
George Phelps Tony
John Gallaudet Hyams
Paul Salata Larson
Gene Thompson Jim Cary
Malcolm Cassell Jimmy
Ike Jones John Grant
Ron Hargrave Craig
John Goddard Riordan
Sammy Ogg Herman
Robert Winans Skeets
Jonathan Hole Truant Officer
John Call Ticket Taker
Al Green Spectator [uncredited]
Rush Williams Yankee Player
Leo Cleary Yankee Manager
James Griffith Proprietor
James F. Stone Mack
Richard Shackleton Newsboy
Robert Kelly Announcer
Mark Scott Announcer
Ruth Warren Welfare Worker
Camillo Guercio Principal
King Donovan Bartender
Kathryn Givney Judge
Ken Christy Fan
Charles Tannen Fan
Tony DeMario Fans
John Beradino Hank Dreiser
John R. McKee Hunchy Harrison
Jon-Mikl Thor Actor

Technical Credits
Harmon Jones Director
Leonard Goldstein Producer
Eugene Grossman Sound/Sound Designer
Addison Hehr Art Director
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Harry Jackson Cinematographer
Ray Kellogg Special Effects
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Lionel Newman Score Composer
Ben Nye Makeup
Al Orenbach Set Decoration/Design
William H. Reynolds Editor
Jack Sher Screenwriter
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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