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The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dexter
... A.J. Arno
... Dean Higgins
... Professor Quigley
... Dean Collingsgood
... Chillie Walsh
... Annie
... Pete Oatzel
... R. Schuyler
... Bradley
... Henry Fathington
Alexander Clarke ... Myles Miller
... Angelo
... Moderator (as Pat Harrington)
Fabian Dean ... Little Mac
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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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31 December 1969 (USA)  »

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L'ordinateur en folie  »

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This was the first in the "Dexter Riley" movies, a trilogy of three high-concept Disney fantasy-comedies starring Kurt Russell as Dexter, with Joe Flynn and Cesar Romero. These films were set in Medfield College where a scientific breakthrough would lead to hijinks. They were The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969) (robotics / human computers), Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972) (invisibility) and The Strongest Man in the World (1975) (super-strength). See more »

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After being spray painted by the kids and driving through the haystack, Arno's face is red, but his hair isn't. Later, in the studio his hair does have some red paint in it. See more »

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Dean Higgins: Oh, you don't know him. You don't know him at all! The man is ruthless! He gets all that taxpayers' money, and still he's ruthless!
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Referenced in The Simpsons: The Computer Wore Menace Shoes (2000) See more »

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The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
Written by Robert F. Brunner and Bruce Belland
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"Sliver? A man with a name like that has no business in a college..."
13 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

College student Dexter Riley (Kurt Russell) is electrocuted while trying to fix a computer donated to his college by gangster A.J. Arno (Cesar Romero). Something happens in the accident that causes Dexter's brain to download all of the data from the computer. He becomes famous as the smartest person in the world and tries to use his newfound super intelligence to help his financially struggling college defeat their rivals in a quiz tournament. When the villainous Arno realizes Dexter has records of his criminal activities locked in his brain, he sends some thugs to make sure Dexter doesn't have a chance to tell anything he knows.

The first in Disney's enjoyable Dexter Riley trilogy starring Kurt Russell with a fine cast including Cesar Romero, William Schallert, and Joe Flynn. These were all family-friendly movies that were lots of fun. Yeah they're pretty corny and silly but in a good way. An example of how silly it is would be when they examine Dexter's eyes and see circuit boards. Then they perform an X-ray of his head and see images of what he's thinking about. The first movie in the trilogy is probably the best but all are good fun. Love that groovy theme song. Possibly the first (only?) Disney movie to feature a reference to Playboy magazine


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