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Film: The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes was a 1969 comedy film released by Walt Disney Productions. It is the first of a trilogy of films starring Kurt Russell as Dexter Reilly, a college student at Medfield College, which was seen previously in The Absent-Minded Professor and its sequel Son Of Flubber. The film was remade in 1995, with Kirk Cameron as Dexter Reilly.

In the film, the students at Medfield College are faced with a problem; Dean Eugene Higgins, their college dean is adamant about the decision of purchasing a computer for the science class despite the pleas of the science teacher Professor Quigley. However, thanks to a walkie talkie cleverly hidden in the room, the students are able to listen to every detail of Higgins's meeting with the other college deans. When Higgins firmly makes clear that he will not purchase a computer, one of the students, Dexter Reilly, gets the idea that his old boss, A.J. Arno, would be glad to donate a computer to the college. After Mr. Arno gladly accepts the offer to donate the computer, however, it is revealed after the students leave that he is actually the leader of a gambling ring, and the computer that he donates was actually used in all of their operations. After the students bring the computer into the science lab, Dexter offers to replace a part that blew a fuse. However, in the midst of installing the part during a thunderstorm, Dexter receives a shock from the storm that causes the computer's memories to become absorbed into him. As a result, Dexter now literally has the mind of a computer, which allows him to answer questions correctly as well as being able to remember everything from reading a single Encyclopedia. This also results in Dexter competing on a college quiz show for a $100,000 prize. Unfortunately, one answer during the program ("Applejack") causes Dexter to recite the codename "Applejack" along with the information of all of the places that A.J. Arno had gambled, which prompts Arno and his men to kidnap Dexter and kill him off. This prompts all of Dexter's friends from the college to save him, but unfortunately, the trunk in which Dexter is placed in falls out the window and hits the ground, which causes Dexter to suffer a mild concussion that reverts his mind back to the way it was before the incident with the computer. Despite this hindrance, Medfield is able win the college quiz show and A.J. Arno and his flunkies are arrested.

The success of this film spawned two sequels: Now You See Him Now You Dont in 1972 and The Strongest Man in the World in 1975.


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