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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 WHOLE TOWN'S JUMPIN' In fact they're in Orbit Since the 'Shaggy' Prof invented FLUBBER (the GOO that Flew) See more »

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Trivia

At the height of the film's popularity, Time Magazine printed the Disney Special Effects Department's recipe for Flubber, as used in the movie. It read as follows: "To one pound of salt water taffy add one heaping tablespoon polyurethane foam, one cake crumbled yeast. Mix till smooth, allow to rise. Then pour into saucepan over one cup cracked rice with one cup water. Add topping of molasses. Boil till lid lifts and says 'Qurlp'." It is not recorded whether this also carried the standard warning "do not try this at home". 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 »

Quotes

Prof. Ned Brainard: Let's see, flying rubber... Flubber!
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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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The Original 'Flubber' Is A Bit Dated But Has Its Moments
17 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some parts of this are very funny, some parts are silly stupid and all parts are very dated and make little sense. Maybe that's why someone figured a re-make was appropriate. That, and the fact that it's still a very entertaining movie, almost a classic. The re-make was done in 1997 with the movie, "Flubber."

Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Kirk.....wow, there are some familiar names from the '50s and '60s Olson had lost her youthful looks from "Sunset Boulevard," but that had been a decade earlier. MacMurray didn't look a whole lot different from his 1944 film noir classic of "Double Indemnity," proving once again how much better men age than women.

Kids of today would still laugh at this film, although they have dead spots in here which are not prevalent in modern-day films.


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