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Son of Flubber (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Sci-Fi, Family | 16 January 1963 (USA)
When Professor Brainard experiments further on Flubber derivatives, he gets in trouble and only his students can help.


Robert Stevenson


Bill Walsh (screenplay), Don DaGradi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 nominations. See more awards »




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 ... Mr. Harker
Joanna Moore ... Desiree de la Roche
Edward Andrews ... Defense Secretary
James Westerfield ... Police Officer Hanson


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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The NUT gets a BOLT! See more »


Comedy | Sci-Fi | Family


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Did You Know?


Paul Lynde's film debut. See more »


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 »


Mr. Harker: Your tax bill for the first three Quarters of the current year. The figure includes delinquent penalties of $12,895 at 5% for the first two Quarters. All based on an estimate of projected earnings, of course.
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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 »


References Eyes in Outer Space (1959) See more »


April Showers
Music by Louis Silvers
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva
Performed by Fred MacMurray
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Flubber Byproduct
29 May 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

By the time Son of Flubber was released by Walt Disney in 1963, Fred MacMurray was firmly established in the third phase of his career as star of G-rated Disney films and television situation comedies. MacMurray was able to do this because of a unique clause he had written into his contract with CBS which produced the My Three Sons show that he starred in for a dozen or so years. All of MacMurray's scenes in all episodes were filmed at the beginning of the cycle so as to allow him to do those Disney films as well. It worked out great for him.

Disney took virtually the entire cast of The Absent Minded Professor and added several new faces as well. In the previous film, MacMurray revolutionizes rubber by making a substance that bounces higher with each bounce than lower. That film ends with MacMurray flying to Washington in his Model T (you read it right) to give flubber for the defense of the free world.

But Washington, DC red tape being what it is MacMurray and his new bride Nancy Olson aren't seeing any money any time soon. But not to worry, Fred's found a byproduct of flubber that he calls flubber gas. A lighter than air substance that really makes anything fly.

In the first film, MacMurray used his college's basketball team as a test for flubber. In Son of Flubber, flubber gas is tested during a football game with the same hilarious results. In fact more so because in this film Paul Lynde is the stressed and harried play by play announcer of the college football game. For me he's the highlight of the film.

In Son of Flubber, Disney gives us an entertaining and worthy successor to the Absent Minded Professor that after almost fifty years will still appeal to anyone not made of stone.

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16 January 1963 (USA) See more »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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