The Absent-Minded Professor (1961) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)




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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."

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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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Critic Reviews for The Absent-Minded Professor

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (2)

Flubber provides fuel for a very funny piece of hyperbolic humor in the grand American tradition of Paul Bunyan, and Director Robert Stevenson and Scriptwriter Bill Walsh get plenty of bounce out of every ounce.

March 9, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

MacMurray is ideally cast as the car-hopping prof, and plays the role with warmth and gusto.

June 4, 2007 | Full Review…

The combination of that schoolboy sense of fun, which is Disney's stock in trade, and a sharper sense of the ridiculous is happily demonstrated in The Absent-Minded Professor.

February 11, 2020 | Full Review…

An amiable joke that I was sorry I hadn't brought a child to see.

July 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Family entertainment at its best.

January 2, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This is a zanily inventive piece of work, with delightful special effects, which set the style for a long series of live-action Disney films.

June 4, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Absent-Minded Professor


Full of charm and hard to dislike.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

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
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Pretty darn good movie.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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