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It Happens Every Spring (1949)

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

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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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Det händer varje år  »

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All the baseball teams are identified by their city but never by their nicknames. Even the home team uniforms, which should have the team nicknames, list the city instead. The reason is because the commissioner of baseball, Happy Chandler, would not sanction the movie because of the cheating element in the movie. So 20th Century Fox could not use the the name of the teams or even use cameo baseball player walk ons like the studio wanted to do. See more »

Goofs

Vernon asks his two students to meet him on the baseball field at 5:00 A. M., no where in the US is it lit, or even dawn, at 5:00 A. M. in the spring. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Vernon K. Simpson aka King Kelly: [all were in Edgar Stone's office] No, I don't think so, Mr. Stone, I know it.
Edgar Stone: Know it? I have never met such bland conceit.
Manager Jimmy Dolan: I told you, he's a crackpot.
Edgar Stone: No he's not. He's just a conceited jackass.
Manager Jimmy Dolan: All right. You talk to him. I'm going to batting practice.
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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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References Jungle Patrol (1948) See more »

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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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Best comedy/baseball film ever made with reality to back it
31 July 2001 | by (los angeles) – See all my reviews

For years after watching this film, I tried to make a formula that would repel wood just like Ray Milland did as chemistry professor Vernon Simpson. After all it makes sense that a little "dab" on the pitching ball, no matter who the batter is, he could not hit the ball with the wooden bat. That is the whole film in a "nutshell." A college professor that loves baseball becomes the ace pitcher of a big league team. A truly delightful film and really incredible effects of the baseball twisting away from the baseball bat. Many funny scenes like the ones involving catcher Monk Lanigan alias Paul Douglas putting the "chemical stuff" in his hair and his hair trying to escape from the wooden comb. The ending is classic as King Kelly pitches his heart out because the "stuff" is gone and all he has is "guts." What a film!


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