It Happens Every Spring (1949)
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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 his team to the world series.
Title: It Happens Every Spring
Release Date: June 10, 1949
Runtime: 87 mins
All Genres: Comedy, Sci-Fi, Sport
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 7.0
Buried.com Rating: 8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With I
MPAA Rating: Btl
Ray Milland ...Prof. Vernon K. Simpson aka King Kelly
Jean Peters ...Deborah Greenleaf
Paul Douglas ...Monk Lanigan
Ed Begley ...Edgar Stone
Ted de Corsia ...Manager Jimmy Dolan
Ray Collins ...Prof. Alfred Greenleaf
Jessie Royce Landis ...Mrs. Greenleaf
Alan Hale Jr. ...Schmidt
William Murphy ...Tommy Isabell (as Bill Murphy)
Robert Adler ...Reporter
Ward Brant ...Baseball player
John Butler ...Fan visiting with Debbie
Johnny Calkins ...Boy sitting next to Debbie at ballpark
Harry Carter ...Baseball Fan in Stands
Bill Cartledge ...Newsboy
Harry Cheshire ...Doctor X-raying King's hand
Pat Combs ...Telegram delivery boy
Al Eben ...Parker
Gene Evans ...Batter Mueller
Charles Flynn ...Reporter
Sandra Gould ...Voice of Mabel on Telephone
William E. Green ...Prof. Joe Fosythe
Tom Hanlon ...St. Louis broadcaster
Sam Hayes ...New york broadcaster
Don Hicks ...Assistant to New york announcer
Kathleen Hughes ...Sarah
Edward Keane ...Jack Bell
Ruth Lee ...Miss Collins
Lee MacGregor ...Student
Mae Marsh ...Greenleaf's maid
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Shirley W. Smith
"It Happens Every Spring"
"I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover"
- Manager Jimmy Dolan: [Kelly has just walked off the field in the middle of a game and Jimmy wants to fine him] Kelly's not indispensable! Monk Lanigan: I know, but the team can't get along without him.
Prof. Vernon K. Simpson aka King Kelly: [all were in Edgar Stone's office] No, I don't think so, Mr. Stone, I know it. Edgar Stone: Know it? I have never met such bland conceit. Manager Jimmy Dolan: I told you, he's a crackpot. Edgar Stone: No he's not. He's just a conceited jackass. Manager Jimmy Dolan: All right. you talk to him. I'm going to batting practice.
- 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 sanctioned the movie because of the cheating element in the movie. So 20th Century could not use the the name of the teams or even use cameo baseball player walk ons like the studio wanted to do.
At the time this movie was filmed, major league baseball had been integrated for two seasons. However, there are no African American ballplayers in the cast or even in the stock footage.
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 3, 1949 with Ray Milland reprising his film role.
"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 14, 1950 with Ray Milland reprising his film role.
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Rating: 8.0 out of 10.0 - 69 votes cast total