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The Absent Minded Professor (1961)

Passed | | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi | 16 March 1961 (USA)
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A college professor invents an anti-gravity substance which a corrupt businessman wants for himself.

Director:

Robert Stevenson

Writers:

Bill Walsh (screenplay), Samuel W. Taylor (story)
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred MacMurray ... Professor Ned Brainard
Nancy Olson ... Betsy Carlisle
Keenan Wynn ... Alonzo P. Hawk
Tommy Kirk ... Biff Hawk
Leon Ames ... President Rufus Daggett
Elliott Reid ... Professor Shelby Ashton
Edward Andrews ... Defense Secretary
David Lewis ... General Singer
Jack Mullaney ... Air Force Captain
Belle Montrose Belle Montrose ... Mrs. Chatsworth
Wally Brown ... Coach Elkins
Wally Boag Wally Boag ... TV Newsman
Don Ross Don Ross ... Lenny
Forrest Lewis Forrest Lewis ... Police Officer Kelley
James Westerfield ... Police Officer Hanson
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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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THAT FABULOUS 'SHAGGY DOG' GUY DISCOVERS 'FLUBBER' The GOO that Flew! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Disney [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Absent Minded Professor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,381,407
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Prof. Ned Brainard: Substance X, we dub thee... Flubber!
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a colorized version (made in 1986 and later in 1997), on TV, VHS, DVD and Blu-Ray. See more »

Connections

Referenced in A.P. Bio: Burning Miles (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

The Man on the Flying Trapeze
Music by Gaston Lyle
Lyrics by George Leybourne
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The Original 'Flubber' Is A Bit Dated But Has Its Moments
17 November 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Some parts of this are very funny, some parts are silly stupid and all parts are very dated and make little sense. Maybe that's why someone figured a re-make was appropriate. That, and the fact that it's still a very entertaining movie, almost a classic. The re-make was done in 1997 with the movie, "Flubber."

Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Kirk.....wow, there are some familiar names from the '50s and '60s Olson had lost her youthful looks from "Sunset Boulevard," but that had been a decade earlier. MacMurray didn't look a whole lot different from his 1944 film noir classic of "Double Indemnity," proving once again how much better men age than women.

Kids of today would still laugh at this film, although they have dead spots in here which are not prevalent in modern-day films.


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