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The Absent-minded Professor [1961] (1 disc)
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Director:Robert Stevenson
Writer:Bill Walsh
Composer:George Bruns
Songs:Richard M. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman
Length:96 minutes
(1 hour 36 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Comedy
IMDB Rating:6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:79%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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  • Kids
  • Family
  • Fantasy
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Synopsis: Professor Ned Brainard accidentally creates a valuable material that defies known laws of physics while leading to several scenes that look great on the screen. Who wouldn't want some?


Reaction: A funny movie and one that kids of all ages will love to watch over and over.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Robert Stevenson => Director
Bill Walsh => Writer
George Bruns => Composer
Richard M. Sherman => Songs
Robert B. Sherman => Songs
Alan Carney => First Referee
Alan Hewitt => Gen. Hotchkiss
Belle Montrose => Mrs. Chatsworth
David Lewis => Gen. Singer
Ed Wynn => Fire Chief
Edward Andrews => Defense Secretary
Elliott Reid => Prof. Shelby Ashton
Forrest Lewis => Officer Kelley
Fred MacMurray => Prof. Ned Brainard
Gage Clarke => Rev. Bosworth
Jack Mullaney => Air Force Captain
James Westerfield => Officer Hanson
Keenan Wynn => Alonzo P. Hawk
Leon Ames => President Rufus Daggett
Nancy Olson => Betsy Carlisle
Ned Wynn => Boy
Paul Frees => Loudspeaker Voice / Air Force Dispatcher
Raymond Bailey => Adm. Olmstead
Tommy Kirk => Biff Hawk
Wally Brown => Coach Elkins
Wendell Holmes => General Poynter

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The song {Medfield Fight Song} was written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, the first of many they would write for Disney.
  • At the height of the film's popularity, [Time Magazine] printed the Disney Special Effects Department's recipe for Flubber, as used in the movie. It read as follows: "To one pound of salt water taffy add one heaping tablespoon polyurethane foam, one cake crumbled yeast. Mix till smooth, allow to rise. Then pour into saucepan over one cup cracked rice with one cup water. Add topping of molasses. Boil till lid lifts and says 'Qurlp'." It is not recorded whether this also carried the standard warning "do not try this at home".
  • Three generations of the Wynn family act in this film: Ed Wynn; his son Keenan Wynn; and Keenan's son, Ned Wynn.