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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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The funniest discovery since laughter!! [1976 re-release UK] See more »

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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi | Sport

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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 »

Goofs

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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[the fire crew's net had been accidentally broken by Alonzo Hawk during their attempt to rescue him]
Fireman: I told you we needed a new one.
Fire Chief: You told me? What do you think I've been telling the town council? How am I supposed to buy a new net without an appropriation?
Fireman: Well, don't get hot. I only mentioned it.
Fire Chief: Well, you just keep the kinks out of the fire hose. That's all I want from you. I'm the Chief!
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Referenced in The Misadventures of Merlin Jones (1964) See more »

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Medfield Fight Song
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An old-fashioned, unsophisticated, excellent family comedy.
24 August 2003 | by (Ellicott City, Maryland) – See all my reviews

My wife and I saw this with our four young sons when it was first released, and we thought it was great. We have seen it several times since, and it is always entertaining. Unlike some critics, I thought Fred MacMurray was perfect in the title role, and the supporting cast was great. The humor may seem a bit unsophisticated and hokey by present day standards, but in my eyes it makes the movie even more enjoyable. Show this film to your unprejudiced younger children and grandchildren and watch them delight in it.


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