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The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)

At Medfield College, an accident with a donated computer gives Dexter Riley the ability to remember any knowledge learned instantly and perfectly.

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Robert Butler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Russell ... Dexter
Cesar Romero ... A.J. Arno
Joe Flynn ... Dean Higgins
William Schallert ... Professor Quigley
Alan Hewitt ... Dean Collingsgood
Richard Bakalyan ... Chillie Walsh
Debbie Paine ... Annie
Frank Webb ... Pete Oatzel
Michael McGreevey ... R. Schuyler
Jon Provost ... Bradley
Frank Welker ... Henry Fathington
Alexander Clarke Alexander Clarke ... Myles Miller
Bing Russell ... Angelo
Pat Harrington Jr. ... Moderator (as Pat Harrington)
Fabian Dean Fabian Dean ... Little Mac
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Storyline

Some college students manage to persuade the town's big businessman, A. J. Arno, to donate a computer to their college. When the problem- student, Dexter Riley, tries to fix the computer, he gets an electric shock and his brain turns to a computer; now he remembers everything he reads. Unfortunately, he also remembers information which was in the computer's memory, like the illegal business Arno is involved in. Written by Krister Walfridsson <cato@df.lth.se>

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A college sophomore crosses wires with a computer...and electrifies the establishment! See more »

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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'ordinateur en folie See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The amount of money that A.J. Arno (Cesar Romero) annually donated to Medfield College was 20,000 dollars. See more »

Goofs

During the TV College Bowl Dexter answers that the capital of Pakistan is Rawalpindi. While the movie came out in 1969, the capital moved to Islamabad in 1967. See more »

Quotes

Dexter: You know... everyone's just out for himself. It was like that everywhere I went. Everyone's just... out for himself.
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The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
Written by Robert F. Brunner and Bruce Belland
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A Disney Date for Kurt Russell, Frank Webb and Jon Provost
18 April 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Squeaky-clean cut collegiate Kurt Russell (as Dexter Reilly) downloads data from his campus computer, and becomes a "cause celebre" by demonstrating his improved mental gymnastics. "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes" continues the Disney studio's successful run of comedies featuring good-looking youngsters, great character actors, and a plot providing its star with a super-human strength. The first follow-up film had Mr. Russell discovering how to become invisible. Since it's a Disney film, the characters aren't too quick with the obvious (like the invisible hanging out in the girls' locker room), but everything is certainly likable.

The film is chock full of familiar favorites, like veteran Cesar Romero (as A.J. Arno), Joe Flynn (from "McHale's Navy"), and William Schallert (from "The Patty Duke Show"). Getting to play in roommate Russell's top bunk is handsome blond Frank Webb (as Pete Oaks), who also joined Russell and Medfield College co-star Jon Provost (as Bradley) in the pages of "16" and "Tiger Beat". The teen magazines duly noted the presence of three of their own in one film. Mr. Provost had background fame as the second kid to own TV's "Lassie" and Mr. Webb ended his career tragically. Both feature prominently in the film's relatively fun conclusion.

****** The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (12/31/69) Robert Butler ~ Kurt Russell, Frank Webb, Cesar Romero, Jon Provost


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