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Son of Flubber (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Sci-Fi, Family | 16 January 1963 (USA)
When Professor Brainard experiments further on Flubber derivatives, he gets in trouble and only his students can help.

Director:

Robert Stevenson

Writers:

Bill Walsh (screenplay), Don DaGradi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred MacMurray ... Prof. Ned Brainard
Nancy Olson ... Elizabeth 'Betsy' Brainard
Keenan Wynn ... Alonzo P. Hawk
Tommy Kirk ... Biff Hawk
Ed Wynn ... A.J. Allen
Charles Ruggles ... Judge Murdock (as Charlie Ruggles)
Leon Ames ... President Rufus Daggett
Ken Murray ... Mr. Hurley
William Demarest ... Mr. Hummel
Paul Lynde ... Sportscaster
Elliott Reid ... Prof. Shelby Ashton
Bob Sweeney ... Mr. Harker
Joanna Moore ... Desiree de la Roche
Edward Andrews ... Defense Secretary
James Westerfield ... Police Officer Hanson
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Storyline

Professor Ned Brainard's discovery of flubber hasn't quite brought him - or his college - the riches he thought. The Pentagon has declared his discovery to be top secret and the IRS has slapped him with a huge tax bill, even if he has yet to receive a cent. He thinks he may have found the solution in the form of flubbergas, which can change the weather. It also helps Medfield College's football team to win a game. At home, his wife Betsy is jealous of the attention lavished on him by an old high school girlfriend. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Professor's "Off" and Flying... and FUN SCORES A NEW HIGH! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi | Family

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El profesor Voligoma See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

As the football team runs onto the field for the climactic game, a banner that reads "Burbank High School" can be seen in the background. See more »

Goofs

When the professor and Betsy are being chased by Hawk and his bully boys, the professor looks down and sees a 1956 Ford police car. When Hawk's car collides with the police car, the latter is 1960 Ford Galaxy. See more »

Quotes

Sportscaster: Tiny Medford has turned a rout into a battle of the Titans!
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Crazy Credits

As the movie concludes, the game winning football (with flubber gas) is still rotating up in outer space around satellites. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also available in a colorized version, only on VHS (at Amazon). See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Wuzzles: Hooray for Hollywuz (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

April Showers
Music by Louis Silvers
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva
Performed by Fred MacMurray
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Light-hearted fun if you don't take it too serious
9 August 2008 | by PudgyPandaManSee all my reviews

There is no disguising that this is an obvious attempt on Disney to cash in on the success of "The Absent Minded Professor" made 2 years earlier. No one can fault them for that - however, there seems to be little originality in this version. You would think they would have made a greater attempt at new gags and originality. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

There is the same sports scene set-up. In AMP it was a basketball game. In SOF it is a football game. There is the same romantic rivalry between Brainard (Fred McMurray) and Professor Shelby Ashton (Elliott Reid), over Brainard's wife, Betsy (Nancy Olsen). They do throw in a 4th party in this film for good measure -Desiree de la Roche (Joanna Cook Moore) - as Brainard's old flame who has her sights set on him again. There is another prank on Professor Shelby while he is driving in his car (this time its filling with water from a Brainard created rain cloud inside the car). You still have Alonzo Hawks (Kennan Wynn) trying to destroy Medfield College by calling in their overdue loan. You have the same cops from the prior moving getting their new squad car destroyed again. So as you see, not a lot of originality here.

The worst scene in my opinion is the ending of the court room scene. The giant fruit and the marching band were way over the top. I did like the stunts on the football field, however. Some of the jumping and flying ball players looked very realistic. I also liked the closing shot of the satellites, the flying football, and earth in the background. Pretty good special effects.

It is interesting that McMurray was an accomplished saxophone player, so look for him playing the actual music during the Halloween party. Also, Paul Lynde makes his film debut in this movie. I liked seeing William Demarest (later to be Uncle Charley on "My Three Sons") in a small role that matches him up with McMurray. He doesn't begin "MTS" until 1965 which is 2 years after this film. Also, you may remember Joanna Cook Moore as the actress that played Andy's girlfriend Peg on "The Andy Griffith Show" for 4 episodes in 1962. Perhaps it helped her land this role. She has another claim to fame - she married Ryan O'Neal in 1963 and is the mother of Tatum O'Neal.

Overall, this sequel doesn't play quite as well as the first. It is still entertaining in places and has a host of noteworthy supporting players.


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