Fred MacMurray, a college science teacher, who has twice forgotten to show up for his wedding to Nancy Olson, is conducting an experiment that results in an explosion--and a black, rubbery substance that possesses powerful anti-gravitational energy is born. MacMurray names his discovery "flubber" and, putting it in the motor of his old Model-T Ford, he is soon soaring through the sky. He also uses it to make the school's basketball players bound above the basket and score a victory. Keenan Wynn, a loan shark, gets wind of this and tries to steal MacMurray's invention before U.S. government officials arrive to inspect it. But Nancy forgives him for his forgetfulness and she aids him to outwit Wynn and set off skyward with her new husband to Washington.
Although dogs are in the minority in this film, stress the similarity to "The Shaggy Dog" by playing up Fred MacMurray and Tommy Kirk, who starred in it. Kirk is also currently starred in "Swiss Family Robinson." Advertise for an old Model-T, such as is used in the film, and display it in the lobby to attract attention. Mention that Ed Wynn is seen in his familiar Fire Chief role.
You'll be "Flubbergasted" at Fred MacMurray's New Adventures ... He Left His Fiancee Waiting at the Church But He Won Her Back With a "Flubber." FLASHBACK: FEBRUARY 27, 1961
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Buena Vista, comedy/drama, 97 min. Rel: May 1961.