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The Kid from Left Field(1953)

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The working title of this film was The Kid in Left Field. Although some contemporary and modern sources refer to Dan Dailey's character as "Larry 'Pop' Cooper," he is called "Larry 'Coop' Cooper" in the film. According to a February 12, 1953 Daily Variety news item, George Winslow was considered for the title role, and the picture was going to be filmed in 3-D. Although the first Hollywood Reporter production chart also lists the film as "stereoscopic," it was not filmed in 3-D. Hollywood Reporter news items include Gene Thompson, John Goddard, Ron Hargrave and Malcolm Castle in the cast, but their appearance in the released picture has not been confirmed.
       A March 23, 1951 Hollywood Reporter news item noted that infielder Lou Stringer of the San Diego Padres (then a minor league team) was prevented from appearing in the picture after after he signed a new contract with the ballclub. John "Beans" Reardon, who appears as himself in the picture, was a well-known major league umpire. Contemporary sources note that the picture was partially filmed on location at Wrigley Field, a minor league baseball stadium in Los Angeles, CA. The Kid from Left Field marked the first time that Anne Bancroft received above title billing. Dan Dailey and director Harmon Jones had previously collaborated on the 1952 Twentieth Century-Fox production The Pride of St. Louis, about pitcher Dizzy Dean (see below). The Kid from Left Field was remade in 1979 as an NBC television movie. The remake, broadcast on September 30, 1979, was directed by Adell Aldrich and starred Gary Coleman and Robert Guillaume.