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The Kid from Left Field

director robert gary coleman

(NBC, 9/30/1979, 120 mins). Gary Coleman in his TV movie debut as the star of this remake of the 1953 movie with Dan Dailey and Anne Bancroft, is a bat boy who guides the San Diego Padres to the World Series with the secret help of his dad, a baseball has-been who now sells refreshments in the stands. Director Adell Aldrich, daughter of veteran director Robert Aldrich, also made her debut here behind the camera, replacing Vince Edwards, who originally has been scheduled. This is the first of three TV movies in which Coleman costars with Robert Guillaume.

Production Companies Gary Coleman Productions, Deena Silver-Kramer’s Movie Company. Director Adell Aldrich. Executive Producer Deena Silver-Kramer. Producer Russell Vreeland. Teleplay Jack Sher, Katharyn Michaelian Powers. Based on a Story by Jack Sher. Photography Frank Thackery. Music David Michael Frank. Editors Peter Kirby, Robert Hernandez. Art Director Allen Jones.

Cast Gary Coleman (J.R. Cooper), Robert Guillaume (Larry Cooper), Gary Collins (Pete Sloane), Ed McMahon (Fred Walker), Tricia O’Neil (Marion Fowler), Tab Hunter (Bill Lorant), Rick Podell, Alberto Velasquez, Peggy Browne, Ron Draper, Owen Sullivan, Stu Nahan.

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