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Joseph L. McEveety (written by)
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Release Date:
31 December 1969 (USA) See more »
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Programmed for laughs! See more »
Plot:
Some college students manage to persuade the town's big businessman, A. J. Arno, to donate a computer to their college... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Everybody Wants A Piece Of Kurt See more (11 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kurt Russell ... Dexter

Cesar Romero ... A.J. Arno

Joe Flynn ... Dean Higgins

William Schallert ... Professor Quigley
Alan Hewitt ... Dean Collingsgood
Richard Bakalyan ... Chillie Walsh
Debbie Paine ... Annie

Frank Webb ... Pete Oatzel

Michael McGreevey ... R. Schuyler

Jon Provost ... Bradley

Frank Welker ... Henry Fathington
Alexander Clarke ... Myles Miller

Bing Russell ... Angelo

Pat Harrington Jr. ... Moderator (as Pat Harrington)
Fabian Dean ... Little Mac
Fritz Feld ... Sigmund Van Dyke
Peter Renaday ... Lt. Hannah (as Pete Renoudet)
Hillyard Anderson ... J. Reedy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... College of Knowledge Show Attendee (uncredited)

Ed Begley Jr. ... Student (uncredited)
Gail Bonney ... Winifrid - Dean's Secretary (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Collingsgood Associate (uncredited)

David Canary ... Mr. Walski (uncredited)
John Cliff ... Police Turnkey (uncredited)
Howard Culver ... Moderator (uncredited)
Peter Paul Eastman ... Party Guest (uncredited)
William Fawcett ... Dietes - College Regent (uncredited)
Robert Foulk ... Police Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Myron Healey ... Police Detective (uncredited)
Jonathan Hole ... Scientist (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Extra (uncredited)

Heather Menzies-Urich ... (uncredited)
Byron Morrow ... Leonard - College Regent (uncredited)
Gregory Morton ... Dr. Rufus Schmidt (uncredited)
George N. Neise ... College of Knowledge Sponsor (uncredited)
Judson Pratt ... Detective in Gambling Raid (uncredited)
Tony Regan ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Bruce Rhodewalt ... Man with Umbrella (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Man Seated in Control Room (uncredited)
Maida Severn ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Olan Soule ... TV Reporter (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Waiter at Track (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Man in Suit Outside of Set (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Butler 
 
Writing credits
Joseph L. McEveety (written by)

Produced by
Bill Anderson .... producer
Joseph L. McEveety .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Robert F. Brunner 
 
Cinematography by
Frank V. Phillips (director of photography) (as Frank Phillips)
 
Film Editing by
Cotton Warburton 
 
Art Direction by
John B. Mansbridge 
 
Set Decoration by
Hal Gausman 
Emile Kuri 
 
Makeup Department
La Rue Matheron .... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Hibler .... assistant director
Arthur J. Vitarelli .... second unit director
 
Sound Department
Robert O. Cook .... sound supervisor
Dean Thomas .... sound mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Diane Wright .... digital asset manager remastering: Laser Pacific (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Dick Warlock .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chuck Keehne .... costumer
Emily Sundby .... costumer
 
Music Department
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
Walter Sheets .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Alan Maley .... title designer
 
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91 min
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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According to show-business trade paper Variety this movie was the "debut swing to pix from telefilm" for the picture's director Robert Butler though in the same year Butler directed Guns in the Heather (1969) was made for television but was re-edited into feature film form for European theatrical release.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After being spray painted by the kids and driving through the haystack, Arno's face is red, but his hair isn't. Later, in the studio his hair does have some red paint in it.See more »
Quotes:
Dexter Reilly:You know... everyone's just out for himself. It was like that everywhere I went. Everyone's just... out for himself.See more »
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Everybody Wants A Piece Of Kurt, 27 November 2011
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Kurt Russell era at Disney Studios started with The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes which is a misleading title. Because when Russell gets shocked and the computer knowledge and memory retention is programmed into him, he's not wearing tennis shoes. In fact if he had he would not have been grounded and would have gotten the electric shock.

Although Kurt had appeared in several Disney features with this one he started starring in them on a regular basis and eventually quite properly worried that he would be fatally typecast in Dexter Riley type parts. Fortunately for his career he wasn't.

But for about 8 years or so after this film he was Disney's all American kid lead in a lot of teen comedies. Seeing Kurt and his fellow students at Medfield College you would hardly know there was anything like a counterculture war going on with kids doing things like tuning in, turning on, and dropping out, to dodging the draft, to protesting at the Pentagon.

Here the kids are doing nothing more than trying to aid their favorite professor William Schallert from hidebound Dean Joe Flynn. But after the computer comes and it's a large machine and Russell gets shocked from it, everybody wants a piece of him with his retentive memory. Including the guy who owned the computer gangster Cesar Romero. He forgot to erase the files of his business and when Russell starts blurting out his private information on a college bowl show on television, Romero decides he's got to be eliminated.

I won't say more other than Russell finds out who is friends really are. The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (who really didn't) is an innocuous and quaint Disney film. I think the younger generation who now own their own or have access to same in schools and libraries will get a laugh out of Joe Flynn's reluctance to enter the modern age and the monstrosity of a machine he bought.

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