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The Absent Minded Professor (1961)

Approved | | 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.

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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:
... Professor Ned Brainard
... Betsy Carlisle
... Alonzo P. Hawk
... Biff Hawk
... President Rufus Daggett
... Professor Shelby Ashton
... Defense Secretary
... General Singer
... Air Force Captain
Belle Montrose ... Mrs. Chatsworth
... Coach Elkins
Wally Boag ... TV Newsman
Don Ross ... Lenny
Forrest Lewis ... Police Officer Kelley
... 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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This is the cause of it all!...Flubber...The sensational secret discovery of that Shaggy Dog man...That has all the properties of hilarity and zany comedy! See more »

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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi | Sport

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16 March 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der zerstreute Professor  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,381,407
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

At the height of the film's popularity, "Time" Magazine printed the Disney Special Effects Department's recipe for Flubber, as used in the movie. It read as follows: "To one pound of salt water taffy add one heaping tablespoon polyurethane foam, one cake crumbled yeast. Mix till smooth, allow to rise. Then pour into saucepan over one cup cracked rice with one cup water. Add topping of molasses. Boil till lid lifts and says 'Qurlp'." It is not recorded whether this also carried the standard warning "do not try this at home". 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: Corners beautifully, doesn't it?
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Referenced in Legends of Tomorrow: Invasion! (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Medfield Fight Song
Written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
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fun for kids
2 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

The Absent-Minded Professor was a typical Disney classic that I watched when I was younger. In short, this film is about a professor who creates an anti-gravity substance known as 'flubber'. This substance makes his car fly, sort of reminiscent of the car in 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'. Of course, someone is trying to kidnap this idea, and it's up to some children to save the day.

I am not sure what children today would think of this film, but I did find it enjoyable, and I would have seen it in the mid-1980s. I would like to think that children today would find it just as enjoyable and entertaining.


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