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The Absent Minded Professor (1961)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi | 16 March 1961 (USA)
A college professor invents an anti-gravity substance which a corrupt businessman wants for himself.

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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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All about a scrambled egghead ... a flying flivver and FLUBBER (the Goo that Flew!) See more »

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The 5th most commercially successful movie at the US domestic box office in 1961, grossing $25,381,407 (the most successful being, by a wide margin, another Disney classic, 101 Dalmatians at $153,000,000 (Source: The Numbers). See more »

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When the Professor brings his car upside down in the air, the silhouette of the car clearly shows his hat on his head, despite there being no hand to hold it in place. See more »

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Prof. Ned Brainard: Substance X, we dub thee... Flubber!
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Medfield Fight Song
Written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
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Classic MacMurray
30 October 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This is probably one of the best live action films Disney has ever released. Fred MacMurray once again proved how great a comedic actor he was and this film is just a confirmation of it. Also, Nancy Olson was great as his frustrated fiancee, Betsy. However, the real scene stealer in this film is Keenan Wynne as old man Hawk. Mr. Hawk was probably one of the biggest weasels in cinematic history and Tommy Kirk is also great as his son Biff.

Also, the best scene in the whole film is the basketball game. That scene alone is what makes this film a classic comedy.


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