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
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Ray Milland coats a majority of baseballs he pitches with his special chemical solution from a pad hidden inside his glove. Although the movie never indicates how long the coating on a ball remains effective, baseball fans know that the umpire replaces the baseball after about each foul ball and approximately six pitches. So, there was little chance that Milland's coated baseballs might accidentally end up in the hands of the opposing team's pitcher, allowing him pitch the same hopping curve balls that Milland was able to throw. See more »
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 »
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 »
Lloyd Bacon directed this swift, compact major-league fantasy featuring a fine cast. Ray Milland is engaging as a college professor who invents a wood-repelling substance...which he then applies to a baseball. Soon, he's the star pitcher on a professional ball team, and what appears to be a succession of unqualified strike-outs are all due to Milland's little deception. The screenplay (by Valentine "Miracle on 34th Street" Davies) commendably never apologizes for the professor-turned-pitcher's concealment of the truth--it's his secret, and that's as it should be. The movie is simply concerned with being a frothy piece of sports whimsy, and it's enjoyable fluff for the whole family. Terrific supporting cast includes Jean Peters and another flawless tough guy performance from salty-but-sweet Paul Douglas. *** from ****
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