The Absent-Minded Professor

1961

The Absent-Minded Professor

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Fred MacMurray stars in this Walt Disney comedy hit concerning absent-minded professor Ned Brainard (MacMurray), a science teacher at a small-town college, who is so scatterbrained that he has forgotten to show up at his own wedding. Missing his wedding ceremony twice, he is determined not to do it again. But, when he gets involved in some chemical experiments, he leaves he poor bride-to-be Betsy (Nancy Olsen) stranded at the altar again. Although his weddings plans are not successful, his experiments are --he develops a black and rubbery substance that bounces very high and seems to defy gravity. He calls it "flubber." When he substitutes the formula for the motor in his old Model T Ford, he can fly through the sky in his car. Continuing on with practical uses for the substance, he applies it to the college basketball team's sneakers, permitting them to rocket over the heads of the opposing team and win an easy victory. But when word of Brainard's discovery comes to the attention of nefarious alumnus Alonzo Hawk (Keenan Wynn), Hawk plans to steal Barinard's car and his formula to "flubber."

Cast

Fred MacMurray
as Ned Brainard
Leon Ames
as Daggett
Ed Wynn
as Fire Chief
Belle Montrose
as Chatworth
Edward Andrews
as Defense Secretary
Wally Brown
as Coach Elkins
Forrest Lewis
as Officer Kelly
James Westerfield
as Officer Hanson
Alan Carney
as Referee
Gage Clarke
as Rev. Bosworth
Alan Hewitt
as Gen. Hotchkiss
Raymond Bailey
as Adm. Olmstead
Wendell Holmes
as Gen. Poynter
Don Ross
as Lenny
Wally Boag
as TV Newsman
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  • Nov 08, 2015
    Full of charm and hard to dislike.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    I liked this movie a lot compared to the remake with Robin Williams. This movie is cool, funny, and exciting. I really liked it and I recommend it over the new one.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2007
    I haven't seen this since I was a kid but I remember liking it a lot.
    Ida K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2006
    This is a fun film for it's time. A live action Disney film about a professor who invents something called flubber. This invention gets him into a adventure. A fun film with some funny moments. I enjoyed it when I was a child. A good film for the kids or the family to watch.
    Corey n Super Reviewer

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