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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When manager Dolan asks Vernon what his name is he briefly scans the outfield fence and see's a sign for Kelly Tires and tells Dolan that his name is Kelly. While this brief scene was in the film when it was released for TV in the 1960's it has now been cut from the film. See more »
The position of the newspaper on the bed as Monk brushes his hair. 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!
I know, but the team can't get along without him.
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After Deborah Greenleaf's mother coincidentally saw Vernon K. Simpson, aka King Kelly get on to a train she called home and told Deborah that Vernon was among thieves. The phone call was shortly after Vernon K. Simpson purchased a ring and sent it to Deborah, as a gift. Later, Deborah sees a newspaper column of a Chicago gang had just robbed a store, leading her to think the ring was stolen, then Deborah takes the ring off, throw it away and looks at a photograph of Professor, Vernon K. Simpson, the photograph changes to one of Vernon K. Simpson, with an evil look on his face, as a criminal and with a gun in his right hand, pointing it at her, as she looked at it. See more »
Not quite in the league of "It's a Wonderful Life" or "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," but a great fantasy story of the egghead professor in the hard boiled world of baseball.
Paul Douglas steals the movie as the craggy old pro catcher, Monk Lanigan. Watch for a young Alan Hale, Jr., later to be the Skipper in "Gilligan's Island." Take a look at the writing credits for the writer of this one. Sterling. Also, a great feel for 40's baseball fans, baseball stadiums, just baseball. I loved this film as a kid, still love it now.
This film should be as much a harbinger of spring as the first robin. Don't miss it!
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