Come Next Spring (1956)


Come Next Spring (1956)

Matt Ballot has returned home after 9 years of hard drinking in all 48 states. His wife managed to raise their 11-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son nicely without his help. Matt is considered a disgrace to the town he came from, and now he finds himself trying to win the love of his children, his wife and the respect of the towns people. Set in Arkansas in the 1920s.
IMDb   7.1 /10
TheMovieDb    7.7 /10
Director R.G. Springsteen
Writer Montgomery Pittman
Release Date1956-03-08
Runtime1h 32min
Content RatingApproved (Approved)
CompanyRobert Alexander Productions
Bess Ballotas Bess Ballot
Matt Ballotas Matt Ballot
Walter Brennan
Walter Brennan
Jeffrey Storysas Jeffrey Storys
Sherry Jackson
Sherry Jackson
Annieas Annie
Abrahamas Abraham
Mr. Canaryas Mr. Canary
Leroy Hightoweras Leroy Hightower
Mr. Totteras Mr. Totter
Bob Storysas Bob Storys
Mae Clarke
Mae Clarke
Myrtleas Myrtle
Roscoe Ates
Roscoe Ates
Shorty Wilkinsas Shorty Wilkins
Wade Ruby
Wade Ruby
Delbert Meaneras Delbert Meaner
James Best
James Best
Bill Jacksonas Bill Jackson
Churchgoeras Churchgoer
Townsmanas Townsman
Al Bain
Al Bain
Churchgoeras Churchgoer
Dorothy Bernard
Dorothy Bernard
Aunt Bessieas Aunt Bessie
Mrs. Totteras Mrs. Totter

Come Next Spring

Come Next Spring is a 1956 American Trucolor movie directed by R.G. Springsteen, starring Ann Sheridan and Steve Cochran.

The theme song, "Come Next Spring", with music by Max Steiner and lyrics by Lenny Adelson, was performed by Tony Bennett. It was covered by Scott Walker on his 1968 album Scott 2. Steiner wrote the score for the film, reusing much of his work from Sergeant York.


Alcoholic Matt Ballot (Steve Cochran) abandoned his wife Bess (Ann Sheridan) and mute daughter Annie (Sherry Jackson) in Arkansas nine years ago. Now sober, he returns to discover Bess gave birth to a son, Abe (Richard Eyer), after he left. Bess grudgingly hires him as a handyman. Hytower (Sonny Tufts) wants to marry Bess and tries to make Matt jealous and picks a fight with him. Matt endears himself to his kids by defending them from wild pigs and a group of local bullies. He risks Annie's love by admitting that she was in the car when he drunkenly wrecked it. Although she was unhurt, she never spoke again. Annie embraces him. Matt later saves a child and Annie during an approaching tornado.

Bess is upset when Matt has a single drink at a dance to prove he can stop at just one drink. Matt rescues her when, overcome by emotion, she accidentally drives her truck into a river. Annie falls into an old mine shaft, but Matt rescues her. Bess finally admits she is back in love with Matt.


  • Ann Sheridan as Bess Ballot
  • Steve Cochran as Matt Ballot
  • Walter Brennan as Jeffrey Storys
  • Sherry Jackson as Annie Ballot
  • Richard Eyer as Abraham Ballot
  • Edgar Buchanan as Mr. Canary
  • Sonny Tufts as Leroy Hytower
  • Harry Shannon as Mr. Totter
  • James Westmoreland as Bob Storys (as Rad Fulton)
  • Mae Clarke as Myrtle
  • Roscoe Ates as Shorty Wilkins
  • Wade Rudy as Delbert Meaner
  • James Best as Bill Jackson


Steve Cochran formed Robert Alexander Productions after his actual first two names. Come Next Spring was his first film, written by Cochran's friend Montgomery Pittman and featuring Pittman's stepdaughter Sherry Jackson. Filmed in locations around Sacramento, Republic promised Cochran an "A Picture" release but released it as the lower half of a double feature.