The Absent Minded Professor
Buena Vista (1961)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy
In Collection
Seen ItYes
IMDB   6.8
96 mins USA / English
DVD  Region 1   G (General Audience)
Fred MacMurray Prof. Ned Brainard
Nancy Olson Betsy Carlisle
Keenan Wynn Alonzo P. Hawk
Tommy Kirk Biff Hawk
Leon Ames President Rufus Daggett
Elliott Reid Prof. Shelby Ashton
Edward Andrews Defense Secretary
David Lewis Gen. Singer
Jack Mullaney Air Force Captain
Belle Montrose Mrs. Chatsworth
David Lewis (III)
Wally Brown Coach Elkins
Wally Boag TV Newsman
Don Ross Lenny
Forrest Lewis Officer Kelley
James Westerfield Officer Hanson
Alan Carney First Referee
Charlie Briggs Sig
Gage Clarke Rev. Bosworth
Alan Hewitt Gen. Hotchkiss
Raymond Bailey Adm. Olmstead
Ed Wynn
James Westerfield Police Officer Hanson
Forrest Lewis Police Officer Kelley
Robert Stevenson
Robert Stevens
Producer Bill Walsh
Walt Disney
Writer Bill Walsh
Samuel W. Taylor
Cinematography Edward Colman
Musician George Bruns

The original, 1961 version of The Absent-Minded Professor is bound to be a hundred times funnier than the bland remake, Flubber. Fred MacMurray is charming as the eccentric college professor who discovers a gooey substance with sustainable energy. Everything about this movie clicks in a way Flubber didn't, particularly the effort by director Robert Stevenson (a Disney favorite who made Mary Poppins, That Darn Cat, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and many other hits for the studio) to create comic tension between MacMurray's gentlemanly performance and the slapstick set pieces. The famous basketball scene (in which some of the players don't realize they have flubber on the soles of their shoes) is perfectly choreographed and exceptionally funny for kids. --Tom Keogh
Edition Details
Edition Widescreen Edition
Distributor Walt Disney Home Video
Chapters 12
Release Date 9/2/2003
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Fullscreen (4:3, Letterboxed)
Subtitles English (Closed Captioned)
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital Surround [English]
Dolby Surround [English]
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

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