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Dexter Riley and his friends accidently discover a new chemical mixed with a cereal seems to give anyone temporary superhuman strength


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harriet Crumply
Kirwood Krinkle
V.P. Harry Crumply
Regent Dietz
Richard Bakalyan ...
Cookie (as Dick Bakalyan)
Prof. Quigley
Benson Fong ...
Ah Fong
Chief Blair
Ann Marshall ...
Debbie (Student)
Don Carter ...
Gilbert (Student)
Christina Anderson ...
Cris (Student)


A school laboratory accident mixes one student's vitamin cereal mix with Dexter Riley's chemical experiment. When the kids decide to dispose of the mess to their neighbor's cow, they learn that the cereal gave the cow the super-strength to give a massively vast supply of milk. When they try it out on themselves, they discover that the stuff gives any human superhuman strength for a few minutes. The school sees this as the thing needed to save their school from closure, as the Dean makes a deal with his relative who owns the company that makes the cereal for financial support, unaware that it was Dexter's chemical which was solely responsible for the strength. When her competitor learn of this deal, he hires two criminals to stop it. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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The biggest dumb-bell on campus... and the secret formula got it off the ground!


Family | Comedy | Fantasy


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6 February 1975 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



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1.85 : 1
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Roy Roberts' final film. See more »


Dean Higgins: I know he's been kidnapped. How do I know? Because he's been gone for the last three hours looking for his dog.
The Policewoman: Sir, a boy looking for his dog isn't so unusual.
Dean Higgins: It is when the dog got back two hours and forty-five minutes ago.
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After Dexter Riley lifted the 1111 pound barbells, as Medfield College defeated State College Phil Silvers's character, Kirwood Krinkle, left Medfield team celebrating and in another room he tried a karate chop on a metal statue. As soon as his hand is hitting, filming stops. Then he appears as in extreme pain, his mouth is wide open as if screaming OUCH! With his open mouth and still photograph, after filming stopped, words The End first appear then the closing credits begin. See more »


Referenced in Soldier (1998) See more »

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Dexter Riley strikes again....
11 September 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having seen all of the Dexter Riley films that Disney has put out, I can honestly say that "The Strongest Man in the World" is my favorite.

And why not? Not only does it have Russell in all his youthful exuberance and Flynn as the eternally befuddled Dean Higgins but it also features parts for Eve Arden, Phil Silvers and Cesar Romero as A. J. Arno, the Alonzo Hawk for the '70s.

When Russell and his fellow college cronies discover a potion and add it to their favorite breakfast cereal, it gives whoever consumes it super-human strength. Of course, every unscrupulous character within reach is after it and will go to any lengths necessary (even Chinese acupuncture hypnosis. You heard me.) to gain their ends.

Wild special effects highlight this film, and as always, Flynn takes his broad, funny role as Higgins and runs with it, showing off the benefits of super-human strength to an amazed Arden and her associates.

It may be set in the '70s but gags like this stand the test of time. And "The Strongest Man in the World" is still as funny now as it ever was.

What can I say; If it has Joe Flynn in it, I'll watch it.

Ten stars. And one more thing: if you're the dean of a college, never let Kurt Russell borrow your car.

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