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The Monkey's Uncle (1965)

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Midvale College is in fear of losing its college football team. The players have grades lower than the norm. Judge Holmesby, the team's biggest fan, is at a loss for what to do. Enter ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Kirk ... Merlin Jones
Annette Funicello ... Jennifer
Leon Ames ... Judge Holmsby
Arthur O'Connell ... Darius Green III
Frank Faylen ... Mr. Dearborne
Leon Tyler Leon Tyler ... Leon
Norman Grabowski ... Norman
Cheryl Miller ... Lisa
Connie Gilchrist ... Mrs. Gossett
Alan Hewitt ... Professor Shattuck
Gage Clarke ... College President
Mark Goddard ... Haywood
Harry Holcombe ... Regent
Alexander Lockwood Alexander Lockwood ... Regent
Harry Antrim Harry Antrim ... Regent
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Midvale College is in fear of losing its college football team. The players have grades lower than the norm. Judge Holmesby, the team's biggest fan, is at a loss for what to do. Enter Merlin Jones, a bright college student, and his nephew Stanley, an intelligent chimpanzee. The judge wants Merlin to create an "honest way to cheat". Merlin uses "sleep learning" to help the players pass their exams. This saves the college football program from being banished, but not for long...the college is tempted to receive a $1 million dollar check from a Mr. Astorbilt. The catch is though the college must get rid of football. Judge Holmesby finds Darius Green III, who will pay $10 million dollars to the college if they can get a man to fly under his own power. The task is in Merlin's hands again. Can Merlin win the day and save the football team? Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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More fun than a barrel of teenagers!

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Family | Comedy | Sci-Fi

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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

10 miljoonan dollarin shekki See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

Disney publicity reports hinted that Judy the Chimpanzee had a crush on her co-star Tommy Kirk and was jealous of Annette Funicello. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009) See more »

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The Monkey's Uncle
Written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Sung by Annette Funicello & The Beach Boys
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"Merlin Jones" is back...but film looks like some quickie B-flick
25 February 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Say what you will about Walt Disney's slapstick suburban comedies of the 1960s, they at least looked good. Walt always ensured a decent production, and usually threw in some nifty visual effects, but "The Monkey's Uncle" is the exception. A pale follow-up to 1964's "The Misadventures Of Merlin Jones," the picture gets off to a spunky start with co-star Annette Funicello singing on-stage with the Beach Boys. Once the plot gets going, however, the movie becomes mired in Sitcomville; worse, it looks cheap and tatty, with flimsy walls passing for sets and terrible use of color photography. Having enjoyed "The Misadventures Of Merlin Jones" for what it was, I expected Disney to up the fun-quotient with this sequel, but it's a real snooze. *1/2 from ****


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