Anyways, I watched TCM for about 10 minutes before the old-timey accents started to give me a headache. Here are some of the similarities and differences between the two versions of the film:
- As in the newer version, the old film stars a grumpy, gruff baseball manager who receives assistance from angels.
- That manager is leading a formerly sad-sack team to a run at the pennant.
- The manager is assisted by a young child who has some sort of bond with the angels.
- The manager is painted by the media as having Ned Yost-level incompetence, a sort of borderline lunacy.
- The manager ends up adopting the kid/good-luck charm at the end of the movie. Heartwarming.
- The manager in the black-and-white version is a white guy instead of Danny Glover, who is pretty decidedly black.
- The original film focuses on the Pittsburgh Pirates. I guess the script for Pirates in the Outfield didn't make the cut.
- The manager in the original film is called Guffy McGovern, a much better name for a baseball manager and movie character than George Knox.
- The kid in the older film is a girl orphan instead of a nerdy foster kid with a white trash dad.
- Before the climactic adoption, nuns care for the orphan girl in the 1951 movie. In the 1994 version, the Bird Lady from Home Alone 2 takes care of the foster kid.
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