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.
Rotten Tomatoes:
87 min

In less than 3 hours I'll know about my experiment.

You mean you've done it?

Just about.

Oh, darling!

I'm so happy!

I haven't told you the best part.

I just heard about it myself yesterday.

My nydrocyclohexene compound

was a great commercial value.

We can buy a house, maybe even own a car.

Oh, that's wonderful.

But who's going to pay you all this money?

The Norworth Labratories.

It seems they've been working along

the same lines for years,

trying to develop a substance that will

keep insects or any living matter away from wood.

A biophobic, they call it.

And they seem to think that my compound

is the very thing they're looking for.

Vernon Simpson.

The man who discovered the biophobic.

Of course, I'd have to test its

effectiveness on wood,

but that's just routine.

Well, let's not just stand here talking about it.

Let's go find out.

Can't expect any positive results right away.

Oh, but we can look!

Hallelujah, there it is!

The white precipitant.

Sure enough, there it is.

Oh, congratulations, Vernon!

Oh, my notebook.

My notebook!


Oh. There goes everything.

Just when I had it.

Oh, Vernon.

Little brats.

No degree. No job. No nothing.

You still have your notes and everything.

It can't take long.


You don't understand, Debbie.

One of those compounds alone

took 5 weeks to crystallize,

and they're all in sequence.

I can't make the second until I finish the first.

And look at these notes.

You might get some idea of the time

and work it took.

Why, I ran some of those reactions

six and eight times before I got enough

stuff to make the next step.

Now I'm going to start from scratch.

Do it all over again, step by step.

It'll take months.

That wonderful precipitate.

It's all there in the sink.

Isn't there any way you can

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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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