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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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Prof. Vernon K. Simpson / King Kelly
Deborah Greenleaf
Monk Lanigan
Edgar Stone
Manager Jimmy Dolan
Prof. Alfred Greenleaf
Mrs. Greenleaf
Tommy Isbell (as Bill Murphy)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Reporter (uncredited)
Baird Allington ...
Baseball Player (uncredited)
Ward Brant ...
Baseball Player (uncredited)
Fan Visiting with Debbie (uncredited)
Boy Sitting Next to Debbie at Ballpark (uncredited)
Baseball Fan in Stands (uncredited)
Bill Cartledge ...
Newsboy (uncredited)
Team Doctor X-Raying King's Hand (uncredited)
Pat Combs ...
Telegram Delivery Boy (uncredited)
Al Eben ...
Parker - Team Trainer (uncredited)
Batter Mueller (uncredited)
Charles Flynn ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Mabel on Telephone (uncredited) (voice)
William E. Green ...
Prof. Joe Forsythe (uncredited)
Tom Hanlon ...
St. Louis Broadcaster (uncredited)
Sam Hayes ...
New York Broadcaster (uncredited)
Don Hicks ...
Assistant to New York Announcer (uncredited)
Sarah - College Coed (uncredited)
Jack Bell (uncredited)
Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Ruth Lee ...
Miss Collins - Prof. Greenleaf's Secretary (uncredited)
Joseph R. Liscio ...
Trainer (uncredited)
Lee MacGregor ...
Student (uncredited)
Greenleaf's Maid (uncredited)
John McKee ...
Baseball Player (uncredited)
Conductor (uncredited)
Billy Mitchell ...
Sweeper Outside Carob Hotel (uncredited)
Alice - College Coed (uncredited)
Cab Driver (uncredited)
Ed Randolph ...
Umpire (uncredited)
Professor (uncredited)
Harry Seymour ...
Jewelry Store Clerk (uncredited)
Mickey Simpson ...
Stadium Policeman (uncredited)
Douglas Spencer ...
Train Conductor (uncredited)
Man in Train Station (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ...
Umpire (uncredited)
Mac - Policeman (uncredited)
Jane Van Duser ...
Miss Mengalstein - Dolan's Secretary (uncredited)
Umpire (uncredited)
Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by

Lloyd Bacon

Written by

Valentine Davies ... (screen play)
Shirley W. Smith ... (based on a story by) and
Valentine Davies ... (based on a story by)

Produced by

William Perlberg ... producer
Darryl F. Zanuck ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

Leigh Harline

Cinematography by

Joseph MacDonald ... director of photography (as Joe Mac Donald)

Film Editing by

Bruce B. Pierce ... film editor (as Bruce Pierce)

Art Direction by

J. Russell Spencer
Lyle R. Wheeler ... (as Lyle Wheeler)

Set Decoration by

Thomas Little
Stuart A. Reiss ... (set decorations) (as Stuart Reiss)

Costume Design by

Bonnie Cashin ... (costumes designed by)

Makeup Department

Ben Nye ... makeup artist
Irene Brooks ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Allan Snyder ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Lillian Ugrin ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

Charles Hall ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Jasper Blystone ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Don B. Greenwood ... property master (uncredited)

Sound Department

Eugene Grossman ... sound
Harry M. Leonard ... sound

Visual Effects by

Fred Sersen ... special photographic effects

Camera and Electrical Department

Frank Cory ... grip (uncredited)
Les Everson ... gaffer (uncredited)
Til Gabani ... camera operator (uncredited)
Anthony Ugrin ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Charles Le Maire ... wardrobe director (as Charles LeMaire)

Music Department

Lionel Newman ... musical director
Edward B. Powell ... orchestrator (as Edward Powell)
Herbert W. Spencer ... orchestrator (as Herbert Spencer)
Jack Virgil ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

Fernando Castillo Díaz ... spanish subtitles (uncredited)
Hugh Cummings ... dialogue director (uncredited)
Ike Danning ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Doris Drought ... script supervisor (uncredited)
G. Ross Robertson ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Sucede todas las primaveras (Spain)
  • Quando torna primavera (Italy)
  • Det händer varje år (Sweden)
  • Это случается каждой весною (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • La solución fantástica (Mexico)
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  • 87 min
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Trivia 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 Objects on the dresser change as Monk and Vernon chat. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997). See more »
Soundtracks It Happens Every Spring See more »
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 »
Quotes 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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