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The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)

 -  Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi  -  16 March 1961 (USA)
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Storyline

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 UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT THREW A PENTAGON INTO A PANIC! (original print ad - all caps) 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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(RCA Sound Recording)

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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 Alonzo Hawk is talking to Ned and Betsy about 'merging together', Betsy is putting on his flubberized shoes. Right before Alonzo gets up you clearly see that the soles of the shoes do not have Flubber applied, although he jumps as if he did. He never changes shoes. See more »

Quotes

[Prof. Brainard has repeatedly slammed his Flubberized Model T down on Prof. Ashton's car roof while in motion, causing to go out of control and crash into a police car]
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Prof. Shelby Ashton: But it's after me!
Officer Hanson: What's after you?
Prof. Shelby Ashton: I don't know, some kind of a... ...
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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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