It Happens Every Spring

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi, Sport
Director(s): Lloyd Bacon
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.
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87 min

is decidedly . . .

. . . second inning.

First home game of the season here in St. Louis.

Lauren gets a signal from Madigan.

He takes a strike.

He throws.

Ball one on Hardeman.

Manager Dolan looks worried.

Here he comes out of the dugout.

He doesn't wanna lose this game.

D-d-d-decidedly an acid as your knowledge

of domestic vinegar might, uh,

[Bell rings]

I'm afraid I'll have to continue

this discussion the next time.

What is it Vernon? Don't you feel well?

Oh, I feel fine, just fine.

I . . .

Well, what was it?

You acted so strangely.

You suddenly looked as if you were

a thousand miles away.

No. No, only 68.

I, I mean I was only thinking

about something else.

Was it me, Vernon?

No, no.



I was thinking about it while you were lecturing.

I know you're shy and reserved and all,

and I've tried to make allowances.

But. . .

But what?

Well, don't you understand?

I guess I know how you feel.

But just guessing isn't very satisfying.

I mean, well -

well, you're so terribly vague.

Oh, but I'm not, Debbie.

I'm not a bit vague.

I'm very definite about you.

Why you're almost everything

I ever think about.


What else can I say?

Something concrete, Vernon.

Something positive.

Oh, but that's been out of the question up until now.

I hardly make enough at my job to live on.

And your father, for instance.

He's made it quite clear that for

anyone in my present financial situation

to even discuss the -

But, Vernon -

I'm serious, Debbie.

That's why I can't say anything,

because if a man is really serious,

he doesn't have the right to say anything

until he can be serious.

Vernon, what are you talking about?

I'm talking about 3 hours from now.

Maybe sooner. Maybe any minute.

And what's going to happen 3 hours from now?

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Valentine Davies

Valentine Loewi Davies (August 25, 1905 – July 23, 1961) was an American film and television writer, producer, and director. His film credits included Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Chicken Every Sunday (1949), It Happens Every Spring (1949), The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954), and The Benny Goodman Story (1955). He was nominated for the 1954 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Glenn Miller Story. Davies was born in New York City, served in the Coast Guard, and graduated from the University of Michigan where he developed his writing skill with a column in the Michigan Daily and honed his skills further as a graduate student at Yale Drama School. He walked away from his family's successful real estate business in New York and moved to Hollywood to become a screenwriter. He wrote a number of Broadway plays and was president of the Screen Writers Guild and general chairman of the Academy Awards program. He wrote the story for the 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street, which was given screen treatment by the director, George Seaton. Davies also did a novelization of the story, which was published as a novella by Harcourt Brace & Company in conjunction with the film release. Miracle on 34th Street earned him an Academy Award for Best Story. From 1949-50, he served as President of the Screen Writers Guild. He died in 1961 at his home in Malibu, California when he was fifty-five years old. His secretary at the time of his death, Marian Saphro, recalled many years later that her boss died in the midst of a heavy laugh. The Valentine Davies Award was established in 1962, the year following his death, by the Writers Guild of America, West, in his honor. It has been awarded annually, excepting the years 2006, 2010, and 2015. more…

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