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It Happens Every Spring (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Sci-Fi, Sport | June 1949 (USA)
A scientist discovers a formula that makes a baseball which is repelled by wood. He promptly sets out to exploit his discovery.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Valentine Davies (screen play), Shirley W. Smith (based on a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ray Milland ... Prof. Vernon K. Simpson / King Kelly
Jean Peters ... Deborah Greenleaf
Paul Douglas ... Monk Lanigan
Ed Begley ... Edgar Stone
Ted de Corsia ... Manager Jimmy Dolan
Ray Collins ... Prof. Alfred Greenleaf
Jessie Royce Landis ... Mrs. Greenleaf
Alan Hale Jr. ... Schmidt
William Murphy ... Tommy Isbell (as Bill Murphy)
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Storyline

A college professor is working on a long term experiment when a baseball comes through the window destroying all his glassware. The resultant fluid causes the baseball to be repelled by wood. Suddenly he realizes the possibilities and takes a leave of absence to go to St. Louis to pitch in the big leagues where he becomes a star and propels the team to a World Series appearance. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Comedy | Sci-Fi | Sport

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La solución fantástica See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie's World Series was like the 1997 World Series. All 4 odd numeral games: 1, 3, 5 and 7 St. Louis won. In 1997, the two teams, were the Florida Marlins and Cleveland Indians. In the movie, the two teams were Saint Louis and New York. There were no consecutive games won, or lost. See more »

Goofs

Kelly's pitch violates the laws of physics. Assuming arguendo that a chemical exists that avoids wood, when a ball with that substance on it approaches the plate and the batter swings, the ball would change its trajectory either up or down to avoid the wood and would then continue on that new path. It would never "jump over" a swinging bat, then go back to its original trajectory. See more »

Quotes

Manager Jimmy Dolan: [Kelly unexpectedly walks off the field, in the middle of a game, to avoid being seen by Professor Greenleaf and Manager, Jimmy Dolan wants to heavily fine him] Kelly's not indispensable!
Monk Lanigan: I know, but the team can't get along without him.
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Crazy Credits

After the movie's introductory song concludes, an Albert Einstein quote shows for ten to fifteen seconds. It is: "The results of scientific research very often force a change in the philosophical view of problems which extend far beyond the restricted domain of science itself." Albert Einstein's name is all capital letters, below the quote or remark, as ALBERT EINSTEIN. Albert Einstein & Leopold Infeld co-authored book, "The Evolution of Physics". See more »

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Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

It Happens Every Spring
(1949) (uncredited)
Music by Josef Myrow
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by a duet during the opening credits
Played occasionally in the score
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One of the best baseball flicks
17 August 2000 | by movietom-2See all my reviews

A hilarious comedy as well as one of the best baseball films. Ray Milland has one of his best roles as Vernon/King Kelly, and there are great supporting turns from the likes of Paul Douglas. What I truly enjoy about "It Happens Every Spring" is that it celebrates, tongue in cheek, one of the great "unspoken" traditions of the Great American Game -- cheating! (Spitballs, corked bats, steroids -- they all fall into the same category as Kelly's wood-repellant serum.) What other baseball movie does that? Good goofy fun.


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