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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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La solución fantástica  »

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Trivia

After 'Prof. Vernon K. Simpson/King Kelly''s discovery of the baseball that hit his window and broke his current system for a repellent of mice, muskrats (rodents) are mixed together sooner than he had planned, after his glass chemical tubes were broken by a baseball and are blended together, the next morning, he visited Professor Greenleaf alone to request a leave from his college teaching career, he mentioned train number 714. 714 is the exact quantity of Major League Baseball home runs hit by first and longest home-run king, Babe Ruth, in his regular-season games, (no post-season or spring training games). See more »

Goofs

If the Professor's magical chemical really repelled wood, then when swinging the bat at the ball it would be pushed away from the batter and cause a foul or in field ball, rather than just hop over the bat. See more »

Quotes

[after a janitor saw catcher, Monk Lanigan's hair "crackle"]
Sweeper Outside Carob Hotel: Excuse me, boss, I need a drink!
[after his remark he quickly left as if in extreme fear]
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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 »

Soundtracks

I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by Harry M. Woods
Played when St. Louis takes the field after Monk hurts his finger
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Thankfully, It Happens Every Spring
2 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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