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The Strongest Man in the World -- A college science wiz gains super strength from a lab accident.


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Joseph L. McEveety (written by) &
Herman Groves (written by)
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Release Date:
6 February 1975 (USA) See more »
The biggest dumb-bell on campus... and the secret formula got it off the ground!
Dexter Riley and his friends accidently discover a new chemical mixed with a cereal seems to give anyone temporary superhuman strength Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Kurt Russell ... Dexter Riley

Joe Flynn ... Dean Higgins

Eve Arden ... Harriet Crumply

Cesar Romero ... A.J. Arno

Phil Silvers ... Kirwood Krinkle

Dick Van Patten ... V.P. Harry Crumply

Harold Gould ... Regent Dietz

Michael McGreevey ... Richard Schuyler

Richard Bakalyan ... Cookie (as Dick Bakalyan)

William Schallert ... Prof. Quigley

Benson Fong ... Ah Fong

James Gregory ... Chief Blair
Ann Marshall ... Debbie (Student)
Don Carter ... Gilbert (Student)
Christina Anderson ... Cris (Student)

Paul Linke ... Peter 'Porky' Peterson
Jack David Walker ... Slither Roth
Melissa Caffey ... Melissa (Student)

John Debney ... John - Student
Derrel Maury ... Hector (Student)
Matthew Conway Dunn ... Matthew (Student)
Pat Fitzpatrick ... Pat (Student)

David R. Ellis ... David (Student) (as David Richard Ellis)

Larry J. Franco ... Larry (Student) (as Larry Franco)

Roy Roberts ... Mr. Roberts
Fritz Feld ... Uncle Frederick

Ronnie Schell ... Referee

Raymond Bailey ... Regent Burns
John Myhers ... Mr. Roscoe
James Brodhead ... Cousin Edward (as James E. Brodhead)

Dick Patterson ... Mr. Secretary
Irwin Charone ... Irwin
Roger Price ... Roger
Jack Bailey ... Jack

Larry Gelman ... Larry
Eric Brotherson ... Eric
Jonathan Daly ... TV Announcer

Kathleen Freeman ... Officer Hurley
Iggie Wolfington ... Mr. Becker

Ned Wertimer ... Mr. Parsons
Milton Frome ... Mr. Lufkin
Laurie Main ... Mr. Reedy
Mary Treen ... Mercedes

Eddie Quillan ... Mr. Willoughby
Jeff DeBenning ... Mr. Rogers
Henry Slate ... Mr. Slate
Byron Webster ... Mr. Webster

Burt Mustin ... Regent Appleby
Arthur Space ... Regent Shaw
Bill Zuckert ... Policeman
Larry J. Blake ... Pete

William Bakewell ... Professor

Art Metrano ... TV Color Man
Peter Renaday ... Reporter (as Pete Renoudet)
Lennie Weinrib ... State Coach
Danny Wells ... Drummer
James Beach ... TV Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Francis De Sales ... Regent (uncredited)
Alphonso DuBois ... Contest Spectator (uncredited)
Barry Greenberg ... Elmer - Student (uncredited)
Jack Griffin ... Driving Cop (uncredited)

Harry Holcombe ... Regent (uncredited)
John Holland ... Regent (uncredited)

Gordon Jump ... Krinkle Krunch Executive (uncredited)
Jack Manning ... Krinkle Krunch Executive (uncredited)
Tyler McVey ... Regent (uncredited)
Jack Perkins ... School Security Guard (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Contest Spectator (uncredited)
Tony Regan ... Crumply Crunch Executive (uncredited)

Cosmo Sardo ... Crumply Crunch Executive (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Crumply Crunch Executive (uncredited)
Lomax Study ... Krinkle Krunch Executive (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincent McEveety 
Writing credits
Joseph L. McEveety (written by) &
Herman Groves (written by)

Produced by
Bill Anderson .... producer
Original Music by
Robert F. Brunner 
Cinematography by
Andrew Jackson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Cotton Warburton 
Art Direction by
John B. Mansbridge 
Jack Senter 
Set Decoration by
William F. Calvert  (as Bill Calvert)
Makeup Department
La Rue Matheron .... hair stylist (as LaRue Matheron)
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist
Production Management
Richard Caffey .... unit manager (as Dick Caffey)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Caffey .... assistant director (as Dick Caffey)
Pat Kehoe .... second assistant director
Arthur J. Vitarelli .... second unit director
Sound Department
George Ronconi .... sound mixer
Herb Taylor .... sound supervisor
Special Effects by
Art Cruickshank .... special effects
Danny Lee .... special effects
Hans Metz .... special effects (uncredited)
Denny Arnold .... stunts (uncredited)
John Ashby .... stunts (uncredited)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Dick Warlock .... stunt double: Kurt Russell (uncredited)
Dick Warlock .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chuck Keehne .... costumes
Emily Sundby .... costumes
Music Department
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
Walter Sheets .... orchestrator
Other crew
Guy Deel .... title designer
Art Stevens .... title designer
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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92 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)
Filming Locations:

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Final film of Roy Roberts.See more »
Mercedes:Professor Quigley's here to pick up his severence check.
Dean Higgins:Professor Quigley, hmm? Well you inform Professor Quigley that we don't give out severence checks anymore.
Dean Higgins:But we always give out severance checks.
Dean Higgins:Well, we don't anymore! We just ran out of money!
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Movie Connections:
Spoofs King Kong (1933)See more »


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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Dexter Riley strikes again...., 11 September 1999
Author: Mister-6 from United States

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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