The Monkey's Uncle


1h 27m 1965

Brief Synopsis

Midvale College is in fear of losing it's 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?

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1965
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 14 Jul 1965
Production Company
Walt Disney Productions
Distribution Company
Buena Vista Distribution Co., Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 27m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Synopsis

Merlin Jones, an eccentric young inventor, receives permission from Judge Holmsby to legally adopt Stanley, a chimpanzee. He then embarks on his follow-up plan--to enroll Stanley as a student at Midvale College. Merlin attaches a phonograph to some electric curlers, puts the contraption on Stanley's head, and lulls the chimp to sleep with a recording that gives instructions on how to be a civilized human being. Meanwhile, the board of regents at Midvale is debating whether to allow football players with poor academic records to play on the team, but Judge Holmsby persuades Merlin to use his invention on two particularly stupid athletes, Norman and Leon. With the help of Jennifer, his girl friend, Merlin succeeds in getting them through their exams. Soon afterward, the president of Midvale is informed by wealthy Mr. Astorbilt that the college will receive $1 million from him if it will abandon football; however, Darius Green III, another millionaire, promises to donate 10 times that amount if someone at Midvale can prove the validity of a claim by one of Green's ancestors that man-powered flight is possible. Merlin is able to fulfill the conditions of the gift by inventing such a machine. As the school prepares to accept its $10 million, three men with a straitjacket appear to pick up Green, who is revealed to be Mr. Astorbilt, an escaped lunatic whose check is worthless.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1965
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 14 Jul 1965
Production Company
Walt Disney Productions
Distribution Company
Buena Vista Distribution Co., Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 27m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)

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Trivia

Notes

Although Tom August and Helen August were given credit for the screenplay when the film was initially released, according to official WGA records, Tom and Helen August were pseudonyms for writers Alfred Lewis Levitt and Helen Levitt. The WGA changed the screenplay credit to read: "Written by Alfred Lewis Levitt and Helen Levitt." The Monkey's Uncle was a sequel to Walt Disney's The Misadventures of Merlin Jones (see entry above).

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1965

Sequel to "The Misadventures of Merlin Jones" (1964) directed by Robert Stevenson.

Released in United States 1965