When your Dad is a former Disney actor, it’s easy to come up with the perfect films to watch on Father’s Day! My dad had a pretty robust acting career from the time he was about 6 years old until well into his 20’s, which included a lot of television work and Disney films. Even though it’s completely self indulgent to say that these are the best classic films to watch on Father’s Day simply because MY dad is in them, I am just going to go ahead and just go there, cause I can’t think of a better day to highlight some of my Dad’s most endearing on-screen work!
My favorite films featuring my Dad are the Medfield College or “Dexter Reilly” films as they are sometimes called. This trilogy of screwball comedies all star Kurt Russel as a brainy, albeit somewhat slow to realize what’s going on, college student keenly interested in science. My dad played Russell’s goofy best friend, Richard Schuyler in all three pictures. The trilogy includes The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969), Now You See Him, Now You Don’t (1972; my personal favorite) and Strongest Man in the World (1975). While each is slightly more silly and bizarre than the last, there is no denying the Medfield College gang is pretty awesome if you’re in the mood for some “mind-smushing-entertainment,” as Millie from Classic Forever calls it. And plus, they are all fun, wholesome, and appeal to all ages. Click the titles above to watch the films on Amazon!
Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there!