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Son of Flubber (1963)

When Professor Brainard experiments further on Flubber derivatives, he gets in trouble and only his students can help.

Director:

Robert Stevenson

Writers:

Bill Walsh (screenplay), Don DaGradi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred MacMurray ... Prof. Ned Brainard
Nancy Olson ... Elizabeth 'Betsy' Brainard
Keenan Wynn ... Alonzo P. Hawk
Tommy Kirk ... Biff Hawk
Ed Wynn ... A.J. Allen
Charles Ruggles ... Judge Murdock (as Charlie Ruggles)
Leon Ames ... President Rufus Daggett
Ken Murray ... Mr. Hurley
William Demarest ... Mr. Hummel
Paul Lynde ... Sportscaster
Elliott Reid ... Prof. Shelby Ashton
Bob Sweeney Bob Sweeney ... Mr. Harker
Joanna Moore ... Desiree de la Roche
Edward Andrews ... Defense Secretary
James Westerfield ... Police Officer Hanson
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Storyline

Professor Ned Brainard's discovery of flubber hasn't quite brought him - or his college - the riches he thought. The Pentagon has declared his discovery to be top secret and the IRS has slapped him with a huge tax bill, even if he has yet to receive a cent. He thinks he may have found the solution in the form of flubbergas, which can change the weather. It also helps Medfield College's football team to win a game. At home, his wife Betsy is jealous of the attention lavished on him by an old high school girlfriend. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines:

LOOK OUT! The Professor's newest invention is ON THE LOOSE! It's a FOOTBRAWL riot... It's a FROGMAN'S delight... It's a TEMPEST in a TEAPOT... It's the LAFF of the PARTY! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi | Family

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El profesor Voligoma See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$22,129,412
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In one of the most hapless marketing tie-in attempts in movie history, Hasbro Toys, in cooperation with Disney, issued a toy version of Flubber, marketed just before Christmas time in 1962. Similar to Silly Putty, in that it could bounce like a ball and make comic imprints, the mixture was a combination of rubber, mineral oil, and green food coloring that had been lab-tested with no ill effects and was marketed as being made of "a new parent-approved material that is non-toxic and will not stain." Within weeks, claims came pouring in to both Hasbro and Disney that the toy Flubber was causing full-body rashes and sore throats in many of the children who used it, resulting in several lawsuits by angry parents. Eventually, after much experimentation, and an intensive investigation by the FDA, it was determined that there was a property in the mixture, of unknown origin, that caused an infection of the hair follicles in certain individuals. The product was recalled, but disposing of it turned out to be an even dicier proposition. Trying to incinerate the mixture only produced a heavy, dense black cloud around the Providence, Rhode Island, garbage dump where the attempt was made. Working with the U.S. Coast Guard to sink the substance at sea turned out to be a fiasco, as well, as the next day almost all of the dumped Flubber came floating back into Narragansett Bay. Finally, it was decided to use the mixture as landfill, buried deep under the parking lot at Hasbro's new warehouse, just outside of Providence. Even then, the incredible but true story doesn't end there. A popular "urban legend" among Hasbro employees is that every year, during the hottest days of summer, you can still spot some of the mixture oozing through the cracks in the parking lot. See more »

Goofs

When the professor and Betsy are being chased by Hawk and his bully boys, the professor looks down and sees a 1956 Ford police car. When Hawk's car collides with the police car, the latter is 1960 Ford Galaxy. See more »

Quotes

Defense Secretary: Don't let those double-breasted suits up there fool you. Those boys are tough.
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Crazy Credits

As the movie concludes, the game winning football (with flubber gas) is still rotating up in outer space around satellites. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also available in a colorized version, only on VHS (at Amazon). See more »

Connections

Spun-off from The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950) See more »

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A decent film, but quite recycled...
13 February 2004 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

Son of Flubber

Fred MacMurray returns to his famous role of a wacky, absent-minded professor who invents a strange substance that he calls "flubber." In this sequel (the strangely named "Son of"), he does little but jump through the same hoops.

Entertaining, but not fresh.

2.5/5 stars.

  • John Ulmer


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