The AbsentMinded Professor (1961)

 


 

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Genre: Comedy,Family,Sci-Fi,Sport

The AbsentMinded Professor (1961)
   
Release Date: 16 March 1961 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: Robert Stevenson
Cast:
  • Fred MacMurray
  • Nancy Olson
  • Keenan Wynn
  • Tommy Kirk
  • Leon Ames
  • Elliott Reid
  • Edward Andrews
  • David Lewis
  • Jack Mullaney
  • Belle Montrose
  • Wally Brown
  • Wally Boag
  • Don Ross
  • Forrest Lewis
  • James Westerfield


21 Responses to The AbsentMinded Professor (1961)

  1. lexolicious
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    Cuz when I clicked on it, it said "If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends: The AbsentMinded Professor".

    And I mean business muthaflubbah!

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097552/

  2. sbrian1
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    I recently re-watched The Absent Minded Professor after many, many years. There were aspects of the movie that I missed completely when I watched it as a kid. Ned Brainard’s behavior, as well as other aspects of the movie, seem to make sense only if we assume the movie is all just a dream.

    1) We have a man who left his fiance standing at the alter three times. If that is typical of his behavior, how did he ever get her to agree to marry him?

    2) Brainard is supposed to be a full professor, but apparently he has never published in a peer reviewed journal or anywhere else. When he invented flubber and wanted to interest the government, all he knew to do was to phone Washington.

    3) Twice in the movie, head on collisions resulted in no injuries and little damage to the cars.

    4) Throughout the movie, Brainard engaged in multiple unethical, illegal and dangerous acts with no repercussions. He tried to kill his rival and failed solely due to the bizarre dream physics. He cheated to help his team win at basketball, and endangered the lives of the players by treating their shoes with a dangerous substance without their knowledge.

    5) All the Medfield basketball players wore the same size shoe, or Brainard was able by sight to match shoes with feet.

    I could go on and on. I suspect Ned Brainard was not a college professor, with a pretty fiance, who made an important discovery, thereby becoming rich and famous. I think he was on the college’s janitorial staff, but had Walter Mitty dreams.

  3. sanduku
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    Does anybody happen to know who the drummer was during the dance scene? The appearance and style made me wonder if it was an uncredited appearance by Buddy Rich, but he seemed a little young for the part (Buddy looked 100 years old in the 70s, but I think he looked 100 years old in the 50s too!). And if it really was Buddy, he would probably have his signature kit and ham it up a little more. However, does anyone know who it was, and what he did later in his career?

  4. HickoryNan
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    What was the breed of dog-Charlie ? Very interested to know this.

  5. jrsl88
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    He was more sympathetic than Wil Wheaton’s character in Flubber! Who else agrees?

    When you look for the bad in humankind, expecting to find it, you surely will. – Abraham Lincoln.

  6. thecorinthian-2
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    Is this the movie in which the professor gives a sort of speech at the end about how a good scientist is one who’s "made a lot of mistakes along the way?" or something like that? I remember the speech but I’m not sure it’s from this movie.

  7. socorso
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    Why isn’t she listed in the credits…!?? I clearly saw her in the movie tonight. Odd, because Raymond Bailey IS in the credits…!

  8. misspaddylee
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    This well-remembered comedy was on a continuous showing loop on a local channel a couple of years ago and my young son couldn’t get enough of it. As I was laid up with a cold I couldn’t and didn’t object to the many viewings. I realized during this marathon MY GOD, HE’S INVENTED FLUBBER. MacMurray as Neddy the Nut really believed he invented flubber and so did I. So I started thinking about every movie I’d ever seen Fred MacMurray in from "The Egg and I" to "The Apartment" and, by golly, he was always perfect, always the character. Acting without showing us he’s acting. That’s what the job is all about and Fred MacMurray did his job well.

  9. home-93
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    One of my earliest memories was going to see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (in the West End of London) and I vaguely remember that it was preceded by a film about a school where some kids had some springs in their shoes and won a basketball match. My memory is undoubtedly hazy from nearly 40 years ago, but that’s what (I think) I remember. Was this the same film?

  10. Keylimepie
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    That was my father, Keenan Wynn. And I was in both Flubbers. I played an unnamed student in the first one and I was the Medfield Team Manager in The Son Of…

  11. PhrenicGermal
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    I’m not sure that structurally the flubber could lift the car properly if it is suspended under the bonnet in the manner that it was in the film. It would be better if placed at points where axles connects with the frame, and as far towards the corners as possible for stability.

  12. cwunchy
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    I wonder if someone recognizes the description of a picture I have. It is 4ft high, and 5 ft long. It is a black and white, simply showing a car (like that in the movie), with Fred in the driving seat, and a lady in the back seat pointing to a punctured back tire, on a totally white background. (There is no writing or background Features on the picture.)

    It is paper pasted onto a wooden board and very old (I will be soon restoring it.) I am trying to verify who the actress is, and from which movie. If someone thinks they have any ideas, I can e-mail over a picture of the piece.

    Many thanks to all.

    Ali Lovell-Soto

  13. Freeleaves
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    where they keep slamming the front door and the sword keeps falling off the wall?

  14. rudeboy8080
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    The Absent Minded Professor is one of the most enjoyable old school Disney films that I’ve ever seen. It was followed by Son of Flubber and remade as 1998’s Flubber. I wish I could hop around in Flubber laced shoes or drive a flying, Flubber powered Model T. The late Fred MacMurray was the man!

    I love that gag where a cop car keeps getting stuck and a police officer keeps spilling hot coffee on himself!

    At grade school in Merced County(in the USA), we were "rewarded" on some days with Disney films like The Apple Dumpling Gang, Escape to Witch Mountain, The Love Bug, etc. We grew up with Disney flicks…

    Nowadays, Disney has changed with the times. TV shows like The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, That’s So Raven, Hannah Montana and movies like The Princess Diaries appeal to a new generation.

  15. richmoses
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    they were real jerkoff material.

  16. maydom04
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    Did anyone else notice what most likely was an a reference to Fred’s character in "Double Indemnity"?

    When he says "I love you too" to his housekeeper after she has been reminding or scolding him for something or other.

    I thought that was a nice touch.

  17. starrbeat
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    I don’t know, I just think it would be nice.

    Starrbeat presents what’s happening.

  18. stevenscottoddballz
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    #1. At the start of the last period, what was the "Rutland Cheer"?

    #2. When Medfield starts winning, what is the metallic pounding we hear? (Most notable after 17 points is scored.)

    #3. When Medfield scores 37 points, whose hand do we see putting the "7" in?

    #4. What kind of horn is on Professor Brainard’s car, & where can I get one?

  19. rudeboy8080
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    In The Absent Minded Professor, Professor Brainard uses Flubber to convert his Model T into a flying car. He even uses the flying Model T to harass his nemesis. I wonder if this film inspired that flying DeLorean in Back to the Future Part II?

  20. toking65000
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    In the remake, I think Rick Moranes(sp?) would have been a better choice to play professor Brainard than Robin Williams was.

  21. kkuch
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    I’ve looked everywhere for this on disney soundtrack and have surfed the net for a download of this individual song. It’s the one played at the beginning of this film. Does anyone know where I can aquire a copy without ripping it from the movie?

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