A Lineup of Classic Baseball Films on MOVIES! Lets You Spend a Day at the Ballpark Without Leaving Home
The 2023 Major League Baseball season is now underway after officially starting last Thursday, and the MOVIES! network is getting into the swing of it with a hard-hitting lineup of five classic baseball movies airing the afternoon and evening of Monday, April 3, beginning at 2:15pm ET.
Opening Day MOVIES! — Monday, April 3, on MOVIES! (All Times ET)
2:15pm: Leading off is the Oscar-nominated biographical drama The Pride of St. Louis (1952), about the life of Hall of Fame pitcher Jerome Herman “Dizzy” Dean (portrayed by Dan Dailey). Joanne Dru and Richard Crenna (in one of his earlier film roles, portraying Dean’s brother Paul “Daffy” Dean, also a pitcher) costar.
4:15pm: Next is the comedy It Happened in Flatbush (1942), whose story is inspired by the 1941 Brooklyn Dodgers’ first pennant win in 21 years. Lloyd Nolan plays a washed-up ballplayer who returns to Brooklyn to manage his old team, but ends up clashing with — and falling for — the new owner (Carole Landis).
6pm: Then, in the comedy It Happens Every Spring (1949), Ray Milland plays a chemistry professor who accidentally discovers a fluid that repels wood. Realizing the possibilities from applying this to a baseball, he takes a leave of absence to join the big leagues, where he becomes an unhittable pitching sensation. Jean Peters and Paul Douglas costar.
8pm: Batting cleanup is The Kid From Left Field (1953), which reteams star Dan Dailey with his Pride of St. Louis director Harmon Jones. In the comedy, a struggling baseball team goes through a phenomenal transformation when a washed-up former player (Dailey) secretly passes winning tips to the team through his son, who is the team’s bat boy (Billy Chapin). But can the turnaround last when the team owner promotes the kid to manager? The film costars Anne Bancroft in one of her earlier film appearances.
9:45pm: The day’s final baseball-themed film is Angels in the Outfield (1951), the original comedy led by Paul Douglas, Janet Leigh and Keenan Wynn.