Medfield College science majors Dexter Reilly (Kurt Russell) and Richard Schuyler (Michael McGreevey) are trying to find a vitamin formula to cure a cow of malnutrition but don’t realise that Dexter’s chemical solution has accidentally spilt into Richard’s vitamin compound.
They pour the mixture into a cereal box, and the next morning after Dexter eats a bowl of cereal he becomes so strong that a lamp post topples over when he leans on it.
He takes the formula to Dean Higgins (Joe Flynn), who sells it to a cereal company president (Eve Arden) who plans to use it as a secret weapon to wipe out a rival cereal maker (Phil Silvers).
Harry Crumply (Dick Van Patten) is an industrial spy and AJ Arno (Cesar Romero) and Cookie (Dick Bakalyan) are the ex-cons who try to help him steal the formula.
The film is at its funniest during a weightlifting match between Dexter’s unmuscular colleagues who have mistakenly eaten cereal without the compound and hulking champion weightlifters.
Joe Flynn is hilarious as the college dean who eats the special cereal and performs acrobatics from a chandelier while wearing long johns. This was his final film. He died of a heart attack a year before it was released.
The Strongest Man in the World is a bland, capably-made movie with some good special effects. But kids loved it – and that’s what Disney is all about.
VP Harry Crumply
Dick Van Patten
Peter ‘Porky’ Peterson
Jack David Walker
David R. Ellis
Larry J Blake