Nanny and the Professor (1970–1971)
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The Human Element 

The boys tell Nanny that Arabella was insulted and then challenged to a race, but Nanny is having none of it. "Old cars are not meant to be raced." Professor Everett comes up with an ... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Arnold

Writers:

Thomas L. Miller (creator), AJ Carothers (creator) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Juliet Mills ... Nanny
Richard Long ... Professor Everett
David Doremus David Doremus ... Hal
Trent Lehman Trent Lehman ... Butch
Kim Richards ... Prudence
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leif Garrett ... Billy
Jack Kruschen ... Mr. Poole
Keith Luckett Keith Luckett ... Larry
Charles Nelson Reilly ... The Pathfinder
Eric Shea ... Franklin
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The boys tell Nanny that Arabella was insulted and then challenged to a race, but Nanny is having none of it. "Old cars are not meant to be raced." Professor Everett comes up with an alternative - feed the data into the computer. The problem is computers can't account for the human element.

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Comedy | Fantasy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1970 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Dynamics of a Race
22 May 2017 | by JordanThomasHallSee all my reviews

Nanny (Juliet Mills) and Professor Everett (Richard Long) are debating the merits of a computer's influence on people's decisions. A colleague of his is letting a computer determine if he will ask his girlfriend to marry him. Nanny: "How do you feed a heartbeat into a machine?" The professor insists computers can do anything today, "in this day and age we couldn't do without them." This prompts Nanny to sagely offer, "Wouldn't it be dreadful if they decided they could do without us." Nanny takes the children to school in Arabella, her Model A car that the kids helped to fix up. It has a feminine look and is performing poorly, leading the kids at school to make fun of Hal (David Doremus) and Butch (Trent Lehman). They taunt them into agreeing to race Arabella against Franklin Poole's (Eric Shea) father's (character actor Jack Kruschen) Buckingham. Nanny says old cars are to be cared for and not raced, so the professor says they can enter all the statistics into a computer to project a race. They participants meet at the computer to feed the specifications of both vehicles. The computer declares Buckingham as the winner. The Everetts take a drive in Arabella and come across Mr. Poole and Franklin in Buckingham. They see each other's vehicles for the first time and won't let each other get the best of him, and soon the race is on in the mountainous countryside. In the middle of a race in which the Everetts are winning they come across a lost Boy Scout Pathfinder (comedian and game show personality Charles Nelson Reilly) and his troop. How will the human element affect the race? A nice episode with a meaning that means even more today than in 1970, and a touch of comedy from Reilly.


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