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It Happens Every Spring (1949)

It Happens Every Spring





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Lloyd Bacon's baseball comedy stars Ray Milland as Vernon Simpson, a chemist who develops a product which repels wood. Signing on with a major league team as a pitcher, he throws screwballs doctored with his solution, becoming a sensation who strikes out every batter he faces.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Valentine Davies, Shirley W. Smith
In Theaters:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Ray Milland
as Prof. Vernon K. Simp...
Jean Peters
as Deborah Greenleaf
Paul Douglas
as Monk Lanigan
Ed Begley Sr.
as Edgar Stone
Ray Collins
as Prof. Greenleaf
Jesse Royce Landis
as Mrs. Greenleaf
Jessie Royce Landis
as Mrs. Greenleaf
William E. Green
as Prof. Forsythe
Gene Evans
as Mueller
Al Eben
as Parker
Ruth Lee
as Miss Collins
Jane Van Duser
as Miss Mengalstein
Grandon Rhodes
as Professor
Don Hicks
as Assistant to Announc...
Mickey Simpson
as Policeman
Ward Brant
as Baseball Player
John McKee
as Baseball Player
Charles Flynn
as Reporter
Tom Hanlon
as St. Louis Broadcaste...
Sam Hayes
as New York Announcer
Douglas Spencer
as Conductor
Pat Combs
as Messenger Boy
John R. McKee
as Baseball Player
Robert Patten
as Cab Driver
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Critic Reviews for It Happens Every Spring

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Excellent baseball comedy about a scientist who perfects a pitching potion

June 21, 2005
Film Journal International

Pleasant baseball comedy with top-flight cast.

March 1, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

August 17, 2005

January 29, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for It Happens Every Spring

Ray Milland uses science to become a dominant baseball pitcher. As long as he has his formula handy there is no way anybody can get a hit off him. A little wacky and far-fetched, but it was a fun movie. (First and only viewing - 4/12/2014)


A classic movie for baseball fans. "It Happens Every Spring" is classic movie that baseball fans would love. It about a Professor (Ray Milland) that invents a lotion that repels wood. He puts on the baseballs and the balls repels the wood bats. With the lotion, He becomes a World Series pitcher for St. Louis baseball team. Paul Douglas does great as the old cranky St. Louis's baseball catcher. Alan Hale Jr.(who plays the "Skipper" on "Gilligan's Island" TV series) is in the movie. this a excellent family movie that is fun to watch. It is a must see by for the baseball fans.

Julie Buse

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