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The Nutty Professor (1963)

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To improve his social life, a nerdish professor drinks a potion that temporarily turns him into the handsome, but obnoxious, Buddy Love.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Del Moore ...
Med Flory ...
Football Player / Student
Milton Frome ...
English Student
David Landfield ...
College Student
Skip Ward ...
Football Player
Julie Parrish ...
College Student
Gibson, College Student


Nerd. Milquetoast. Klutz. These are just three of the many undesirable words that can be used to describe Professor Julius Kelp. But all that changes when the chemistry expert invents a potion that transforms him into a suave, sexy chick magnet, whom Julius aptly names Buddy Love. Unfortunately, there's one side effect: Buddy can't control when he'll change back into Julius, an event that always happens at inopportune times. How will Julius/Buddy resolve his Jekyll-and-Hyde dilemma? Written by alfiehitchie

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Please do not reveal the middle of this picture! Jerry's a mousey chemistry prof who invents the greatest drink since Dracula discovered bloody marys. See more »


Comedy | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

4 June 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El profesor chiflado  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



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1.85 : 1
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Film debut of Henry Gibson. See more »


In the last scenes, the Professor has new braces while in the classroom with Stella. But when the two leave the room after his parents enter, he is clearly without any in his mouth. See more »


Gym Attendant: Are you hurt?
Professor Julius Kelp: Well, if a man with an ulcer and a splinter in his finger and a nail in his foot was then struck by lightning, if you could say that man was not hurt then yes you could say I'm not hurt.
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Crazy Credits

False ending which first displays, "That's all, folks!!" then inserts a NOT in between "that's" and "all," then a 5-minute story epilogue goes to the actual ending, which is credited as "The beginning." The actor credits are done as curtain calls, with each performer bowing behind their name. See more »


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We've Got a World That Swings
Lyrics by Lil Mattis
Music by Lou Brown (as Louis Yule Brown)
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Jerry's solo best
4 January 2000 | by (Auburn, Me) – See all my reviews

Easily Jerry's best film without Dean. After all these years it still holds up well. The Eddie Murphy remake was fine but this one did it without special effects. Favorite scene is the flashback of The Professors early life. His mother rules his milqtoast dad with an iron hand and in the background can be seen a toddler in a playpen who looks a little goofy. The close up reveals Jerry in baby PJ's. Then there is the legendary Alaskan Polar Bear Heater!

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