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Fluffy (1965)

A lion gets famous.


Earl Bellamy


Samuel Roeca




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Randall ... Prof. Daniel Potter
Shirley Jones ... Janice Claridge
Edward Andrews ... Griswald
Howard Morris ... Sweeney
Ernest Truex ... Claridge
Jim Backus ... Sergeant
Frank Faylen ... Catfish
Celia Milius ... Sally Brighton (as Celia Kaye)
Dick Sargent ... Tommy
Adam Roarke ... Bob Brighton
Whit Bissell ... Dr. Braden
Harriet E. MacGibbon ... Mrs. Claridge (as Harriet MacGibbon)
Jim Boles Jim Boles ... Pete
Parley Baer ... Police Captain
Connie Gilchrist ... Maid


Fluffy the lion is the main attraction in this comedy. He plays the subject of an ambitious experiment done by Daniel Potter (TONY RANDALL), a scientist trying to prove that even a wild animal like a lion can be made into a pet with proper training. Wherever he goes, Potter's ponderous pet incites mayhem amongst the region's fearful residents. To escape his panicky neighbors, Potter and Fluffy hide out in a hotel. There, the owner's daughter (SHIRLEY JONES) falls for the unlikely duo, while everyone else fall all over themselves in a panic. Our heroes find themselves on the run from the law when Fluffy is accused of eating someone! Can Potter stop the police before they shoot an innocent lion? Written by Ian McKendell <imckendell@mac.com>

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Final film of Grandon Rhodes. See more »


When the Prof. & Janice track Catfish to his campground he is seen working on his car. When he opens the door to enter his camper the bill of his cap is straight. In the next scene, as he enters the camper, the bill of his cap is turned up. See more »


Police Captain: A farmer across the way says that a large furry night prowling animal has run four of his mules off lately. Also...
Prof. Daniel Potter: Officers, you've come to the wrong place. A rather surly gentleman, who lives on the next estate, keeps an ill tempered doberman. The other night we were taking a stroll and he almost scared Fluffy to death.
Police Captain: Fluffy?
Prof. Daniel Potter: My cat.
Fluffy the Lion: Growl
[unobservant policeman steps on Fluffy's tail]
Fluffy the Lion: Roar!
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Ethel Merman (2) (1965) See more »

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"I see she's a spelunker." .. "Yeah, she has been acting a little bit peculiar lately."
6 September 2017 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Tony Randall plays a professor of comparative psychology who is chased out of his animal lab by the cops, who are responding to complaints by the neighbors that he's harboring a wild beast. It's only Fluffy, a tame and very sleepy lion, who checks in with Randall at an apartment-hotel under the nose of manager Edward Andrews (Randall orders 35 hamburgers and a vat of Pablum from room service, sending the Asian staff into a tizzy). A brunette Shirley Jones plays the begrudging love-interest, who initially believes police reports that Randall is psychotic (he's so incredibly guileless about how other people feel about an uncaged lion walking around that the cops may have a point). Gitchy-goo comedy for family audiences; utterly underwhelming and unrewarding. Jim Backus is wasted as a desk sergeant; Adam Roarke (later of the juvenile delinquent wheelers of the late-'60s) has a clean-cut role here as a newlywed. *1/2 from ****

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Release Date:

27 June 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El profesor y el león See more »

Filming Locations:

Kenya See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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