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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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It's all about a wacky prof who invents an anti-gravity goo that flew! See more »

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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi | Sport

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16 March 1961 (USA)  »

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A szórakozott professzor  »

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The song "Medfield Fight Song" was written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, the first of many they would write for Disney. 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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[the fire crew has arrived to rescue Alonzo Hawk, who is now bouncing out of control]
Fire Chief: [shouting through megaphone] Mr. Hawk! This is the Fire Chief speaking! We'll have everything under control in just a moment. Now Mr. Hawk, try to relax.
Alonzo P. Hawk: Relax? How can I relax, you fat-head?
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On flying Model T Fords
19 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One aspect of this film that lived with me forever is the Model T. At the age 7 I zeroed in on this car and that it could fly caught my mind in that odd way that Age 7 stuff does. I have on my bookshelf a recovered edition, Ebay, of the Disney golden book edition with some marvelous pen-ink drawings, one of them a closeup of the car. So much was I into this that in Christmas of 1962, my parents bought a 1/2 scale Model T (gasoline engine, you can see them on Ebay if you look for mini model T) as the present of my life. I flipped totally. And I still have the car, sitting in the barn in the back yard.

So films like this bring back fond memories indeed. It is not perfect and slow at times and just too "disney" for it's age, but it warms the soul.


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