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The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)

 -  Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi  -  16 March 1961 (USA)
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A bumbling professor accidently invents flying rubber, or "Flubber", an incredible material that gains energy every time it strikes a hard surface. It allows for the invention of shoes that can allow jumps of amazing heights and enables a modified Model-T to fly. Unfortunately, no one is interested in the material except for Alonzo Hawk, a corrupt businessman who wants to steal the material for himself. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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This is the cause of it all!...Flubber...The sensational secret discovery of that Shaggy Dog man...That has all the properties of hilarity and zany comedy! See more »

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Three generations of the Wynn family act in this film: Ed Wynn; his son Keenan Wynn; and Keenan Wynn's son, Ned Wynn. See more »

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When the professor is explaining to Charlie how flubber will power the Model T, it is obvious that the engine and transmission are missing from the car. He then takes the car out for a test drive/flight. The bottom view of the car clearly shows the engine and transmission in the Model T. See more »

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Prof. Ned Brainard: Mr. Hawk, let me get this straight. You want me to turn my discovery over to you so you can blackmail our government?
Alonzo P. Hawk: All right, then look at it this way: Medfield College can grow and prosper, or it can wither and die on the vine. That's entirely up to you.
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Golden oldie...
4 September 2003 | by (Alberta) – See all my reviews

When I was younger, Fred MacMurray was my Colin Farrell. He was everywhere, and never seemed to make a bad movie. Sure, they might be campy and silly, but that's what works for a younger age group. And this one holds up. The flubber is quite possibly one of the neatest inventions in movie history. And though the Robin Williams remake gave it the new age CGI, the black and white gives the movie such a good feel. I still get a kick out of Fred torturing the man trying to muscle in on his girl.


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