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The Nutty Professor (1963)

 -  Comedy | Sci-Fi  -  4 June 1963 (USA)
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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Del Moore ...
Dr. Mortimer S. Warfield
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Med Flory ...
Warzewski - Football Player
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Football Player / Student
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Mr. Elmer Kelp
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Edwina Kelp
Milton Frome ...
Dr. M. Sheppard Leevee
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Bartender
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English Student
David Landfield ...
College Student
Skip Ward ...
Football Player
Julie Parrish ...
College Student
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Gibson, College Student
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Storyline

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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love | professor | potion | chemistry | student | See more »

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Well, any scientist who makes a girl like this can't be all mad. See more »

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

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4 June 1963 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jerry Lewis wrote seven scripts for the film by himself and two with Bill Richmond. See more »

Goofs

When Julius drinks his "potion" and transforms into the Hyde-like creature prior to the appearance of Buddy, Julius' bird alternates between being covered and uncovered several times between shots. This is particularly noticeable when the bird says, "I told you, Julius," and we cut to a long shot where the birdcage is covered. See more »

Quotes

Buddy Love: They're nice kids. All nice. All nice kids. They have very, very good taste, I might add.
Stella Purdy: I'm glad. It would be a shame to waste the genius of yours on the riff-raff.
Buddy Love: Well, honey, I always say, if you're good and you know it, why waste time beating around the bush, true?
Stella Purdy: And I always say that to love yourself is the beginning of a life-long romance. And after watching you, I know that you and you will be very happy together.
Buddy Love: Just a minute, sweetheart. I don't recall dismissing you.
Stella Purdy: You rude, ...
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Love Is a Lonely Thing
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Music by Harry Warren
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Jerry Lewis in Hilarious Jeckyl/Hyde Comedy
25 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is by far the best of the Jerry Lewis (sans Martin) films. The Jekyll & Hyde storyline is the perfect outlet for Jerry Lewis' "physical comedy" genius. I bet the "French" were inspired by this performance, when they named Jerry Lewis their comedy idol. As a clumsy, yet lovable chemistry professor, the title character could hardly be considered a "babe magnet". When he discovers a magic potion that turns the nerd into "Buddy Love", his luck with the ladies appears to change. In the end, he learns that appearance is less important than character. A young Stella Stevens is effective as the grad-student love interest.

This original "Nutty Professor" is heartwarming and funny without offensive language and double-meaning visuals. It is far superior to its 1990s Eddie Murphy remake. Especially for a juvenile audience, Lewis beats Murphy by a mile!


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