It Happens Every Spring (1949)

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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 <>

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Release Date:

June 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La solución fantástica  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vernon Simpson, alias King Kelly, had two uniform numbers. 12 was his uniform number, when he first practiced for Saint Louis. 22 was his uniform number after being accepted by the Saint Louis' owner and manager, after they saw his pitching performance. See more »


When in the lab as the professor tries to hit the baseball hanging by the string, it's obvious that the string is being jerked up. If the ball moved up on its own, the string would go limp since it can only resist tension, not compression. See more »


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 »


References The Snake Pit (1948) See more »


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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