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Despite the lighthearted promotional campaign mounted by 20th Century-Fox when the film was first released, 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, Richard Egan 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Dan Dailey
as Larry "Pop" Cooper
Anne Bancroft
as Marian Foley
Billy Chapin
as Christie Cooper
Lloyd Bridges
as Pete Haines
Ray Collins
as Whacker
Richard Egan
as Billy Lorant
Alex Gerry
as J.R. Johnson
Walter Sande
as Barnes
Fess Parker
as McDougal
John Gallaudet
as Hyams
Paul Salata
as Larson
Malcolm Cassell
as Jimmy
Ike Jones
as John Grant
Ron Hargrave
as Craig
John Goddard
as Riordan
Sammy Ogg
as Herman
Robert Winans
as Skeets
Jonathan Hole
as Truant Officer
John Call
as Ticket Taker
Rush Williams
as Yankee Player
Leo Cleary
as Yankee Manager
James Griffith
as Proprietor
Richard Shackleton
as Newsboy
Ruth Warren
as Welfare Worker
King Donovan
as Bartender
Kathryn Givney
as Judge
Ken Christy
as Fan
Charles Tannen
as Fan
Tony DeMario
as Fans
Jon-Mikl Thor

Crew

Harmon Jones
Director
Jack Sher
Screenwriter
Lionel Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
Addison Hehr
Art Director
Al Orenbach
Set Designer
Charles LeMaire
Costume Designer
Roger Heman
Sound/Sound Designer
Eugene Grossman
Sound/Sound Designer
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