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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 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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The Most AMAZING DISCOVERY since LAUGHTER! See more »

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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi | Sport

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Disney [United States]

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16 March 1961 (USA)  »

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Der zerstreute Professor  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,381,407
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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The car is a 1915 Ford Model T. The Model T (with design changes) was in production from 1908 until 1927 and sold 16.5M cars. See more »

Goofs

Professor Brainerd and Charlie were not belted in when the Professor took the Model T on its maiden flight. They should have fallen to their deaths when the Model T did an aerial somersault. If you check this particular sequence carefully you'll discover that Brainerd and Charlie WERE belted in when the professor took the Model T on its maiden flight. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Hellcats (1990) See more »

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Medfield Fight Song
Written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
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Three cheers for hokum!
20 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

I must have been eight when I saw this, since it's listed as coming out in 1961. I was an unsophisticated kid, who didn't see too many movies in my youth, and those I did see tended towards the non-controversial. I'm glad they did, there was plenty of time for me to learn about "sex, drugs, and rock and roll later in my movie-going career. MacMurray, Kirk, and Wynn (and the others) played their roles to perfection, leaving me in open-mouthed admiration. An added bonus, my Dad was a professor and for quite a while, my brother and I called him the Absent Minded Professor...


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