It Happens Every Spring
|It Happens Every Spring|
|Directed by||Lloyd Bacon|
|Produced by||William Perlberg|
|Written by||Valentine Davies
Story by Shirley W. Smith and Valentine Davies
|Music by||Leigh Harline|
|Edited by||Bruce B. Pierce|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Release dates||June 10, 1949|
|Running time||87 minutes|
It Happens Every Spring is a 1949 comedy film starring Ray Milland and directed by Lloyd Bacon. The story of a baseball pitcher is completely fictitious, and the main character King Kelly is not based on or related to the actual player.
A college professor is working on a long-term scientific experiment when a baseball comes through the window, destroying all of his glassware and spilling the fluids that the flasks and test tubes contained. The pooled fluids combine to form the (fictitious) chemical "methylethylpropylbutyl," which then covers a large portion of the baseball. The professor soon discovers that the fluid, along with any object with which it makes contact, is repelled by wood (cf. Alexander Fleming's serendipitous discovery of penicillin).
- Ray Milland as Vernon K. Simpson / King Kelly
- Jean Peters as Deborah Greenleaf
- Paul Douglas as Monk Lanigan
- Ed Begley as Edgar Stone
- Ted de Corsia as Jimmy Dolan
- Ray Collins as Prof. Greenleaf
- Jessie Royce Landis as Mrs. Greenleaf
- Alan Hale Jr. as Schmidt
- Bill Murphy as Tommy Isbell
Alan Hale, Jr. has a small role as a catcher on the college baseball team.
Although the home team is "St. Louis", and both St. Louis major league teams (the Cardinals and the Browns) played at Sportsman's Park at the time, the exteriors for the movie were filmed in Los Angeles' Wrigley Field, which was built to resemble Wrigley Field in Chicago.
- It Happens Every Spring at the American Film Institute Catalog
- It Happens Every Spring at the Internet Movie Database
- It Happens Every Spring at AllMovie
- It Happens Every Spring at the TCM Movie Database
- It Happens Every Spring at the Movie Review Query Engine
- The Internet Archive holds a radio adaptation of the film, originally broadcast on October 3, 1949 by Lux Radio Theater.