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Fluffy (1965)

A lion gets famous.

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Earl Bellamy

Writer:

Samuel Roeca
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Randall ... Prof. Daniel Potter
Shirley Jones ... Janice Claridge
Edward Andrews ... Griswald
Howard Morris ... Sweeney
Ernest Truex ... Claridge
Jim Backus ... Sergeant
Frank Faylen ... Catfish
Celia Milius ... Sally Brighton (as Celia Kaye)
Dick Sargent ... Tommy
Adam Roarke ... Bob Brighton
Whit Bissell ... Dr. Braden
Harriet E. MacGibbon ... Mrs. Claridge (as Harriet MacGibbon)
Jim Boles Jim Boles ... Pete
Parley Baer ... Police Captain
Connie Gilchrist ... Maid
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Fluffy the lion is the main attraction in this comedy. He plays the subject of an ambitious experiment done by Daniel Potter (TONY RANDALL), a scientist trying to prove that even a wild animal like a lion can be made into a pet with proper training. Wherever he goes, Potter's ponderous pet incites mayhem amongst the region's fearful residents. To escape his panicky neighbors, Potter and Fluffy hide out in a hotel. There, the owner's daughter (SHIRLEY JONES) falls for the unlikely duo, while everyone else fall all over themselves in a panic. Our heroes find themselves on the run from the law when Fluffy is accused of eating someone! Can Potter stop the police before they shoot an innocent lion? Written by Ian McKendell <imckendell@mac.com>

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King of Beasts...or Prince of Pussycats?

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El profesor y el león See more »

Filming Locations:

Kenya See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Ralph Helfer, the trainer and owner of Zamba (a.k.a. Fluffy), doubled for Tony Randall in the scenes where he and the lion were together. See more »

Quotes

Police Captain: A farmer across the way says that a large furry night prowling animal has run four of his mules off lately. Also...
Prof. Daniel Potter: Officers, you've come to the wrong place. A rather surly gentleman, who lives on the next estate, keeps an ill tempered doberman. The other night we were taking a stroll and he almost scared Fluffy to death.
Police Captain: Fluffy?
Prof. Daniel Potter: My cat.
Fluffy the Lion: Growl
[unobservant policeman steps on Fluffy's tail]
Fluffy the Lion: Roar!
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Tony Randall (2) (1964) See more »

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Actually, I thought it was kind of stupid....sorry folks.
9 September 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I love Tony Randall movies and so after I finished watching another one of his delightful films (THE BRASS BOTTLE), I decided to give FLUFFY a try. After all, I liked him in so many films and this one looked pretty cute...so I was bound to like it, right. No...no...no! In fact, I disliked it so much I couldn't even finish it.

The story is about a very eccentric man, Professor Potter (Randall)...too eccentric to be believable in any way. The story begins with security guards at the university breaking into Potter's lab and trying to confiscate his lion, named 'Fluffy'. They don't realize that Fluffy is very tame and sweet and they don't give Potter any time to explain. So, Potter is forced to use their dart guns on them and make his escape with Fluffy. He then checks in with his pet to a rooming house--all the while they don't realize the pet is a lion. And again and again, folks ALMOST see Fluffy when it escapes and walks about doing nothing in particular. And, Potter seems a bit oblivious to the fact that a lion running about town might cause a few problems.

The problem with the film is that they didn't make Potter so much eccentric as a complete idiot. Again and again, he could explain things simply but doesn't and every problem that arises seems completely contrived. Rises, at its best, to the level of a sub-par 1960s Disney film but never better. Tons of broad humor, overreactions and stupid special effects (such as phone in champagne basket and short- circuiting switchboard). Just dumb.


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