Computer Who Wore Tennis Shoes 1970

Theatrical Release: December 31, 1969
DVD Release: January 14, 2003
Computer Who Wore Tennis Shoes 1970


This film is another {@Disney comedy romp that takes place at the ubiquitous Medfield College. The plot kicks in when an interview, in which Professor Quigley (William Schallert) is denied a much-needed computer by apoplectic college president Dean Higgins (Joe Flynn), is broadcast to a student assembly. In order to help Quigley, the students convince rich college benefactor A.J. Arno (Cesar Romero) to donate a computer to the school instead of his usual 20,000-dollar contribution. Dexter (Kurt Russell), the student leader, attempts to repair the computer, but the machine is struck by lightning and transforms Dexter into a human being with the hard drive of the computer. Since the computer’s memory is now in Dexter’s brain, he now has information on his human memory chip about Arno’s illegal gambling operations. When Dean Higgins puts Dexter on a televised competition for a prize of 100,000 dollars to benefit the college, every time the word “applejack” comes up during the game show, it triggers Dexter to regurgitate a rundown of Arno’s illegal activities. In order to stop Dexter from exposing him, Arno kidnaps Dexter and hides him at his country estate. Dressing up as housepainters, Dexter’s classmates come to Arno’s mansion to rescue him.

Dove Review

Computers are sure a lot smaller today than they were in 1969! This it the period in which the film’s story line takes place, and the computer of that day was a behemoth. Kurt Russell is in fine teenage form as Dexter, the student leader at his college, who has the computer’s memory zapped into his brain due to a voltage overload. Russell does a fine job in playing the computer-like Dexter, complete with speaking intelligently and clearly while giving out hard to vocalize facts on a college competition show.

The film is rated G and is wholesome for the most part. However, Dexter studies some notes in one scene while driving and certainly that behavior should not be encouraged. There are some minor incidents listed below but this is one the entire family can enjoy and Dove approves it for all ages.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: A character receives a shock from a computer; A character is kidnapped but not harmed; the students throw paint buckets and the like at a car of bad guys who are chasing them; a couple of the bad guys hold guns; an accident in which cars collide head-on but no one is seriously injured.
Drugs: Champagne is offered to Dexter but he refuses it.
Nudity: A girl in a bikini.
Other: A raid at a casion where Dexter happens to be; Dexter spends some time in jail; the mention of an abstract painting of nudes not making it into Playboy magazine.


Company: Buena Vista Home Video
Director: Robert Butler
Producer: Bill Anderson
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 91 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter