It Happens Every Spring (1949)

It Happens Every Spring





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Movie Info

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.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Valentine Davies
In Theaters:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation


as Prof. Vernon K. Simp...

as Deborah Greenleaf

as Monk Lanigan

as Prof. Greenleaf

as Mrs. Greenleaf

as Mrs. Greenleaf

as Schmidt

as Isbell

as Prof. Forsythe

as Mueller

as Parker

as Miss Collins

as Miss Mengalstein

as Mac

as Professor

as Assistant to Announc...

as Policeman

as Baseball Player

as Baseball Player

as Reporter

as Alice

as Maid

as St. Louis Broadcaste...

as New York Announcer

as Conductor

as Messenger Boy

as Baseball Player

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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