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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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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 »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to one of the trailers for this film, "We don't care if you blab about the beginning of this picture; nor do we care if you give away the ending; but we do care if you reveal the middle. In fact, Jerry Lewis urges you to see this picture from the beginning, on penalty of losing your popcorn privileges." This spoofs Alfred Hitchcock's dictum that Psycho (1960) had to be seen from the beginning and his insistence that no latecomers be seated ("not even the [theatre] manager's brother"). See more »

Goofs

When Professor Kelp is at his desk writing in his journal, the clock on the wall is not running. When he drinks the formula later that evening, during his transformation into Buddy Love, the clock is running. See more »

Quotes

Buddy Love: Hiya, chicky baby. How's it going?
Stella Purdy: Fine.
Buddy Love: Crazy. I thought I'd visit your little land of learning. Cute. Cute pad.
Stella Purdy: What happened to you last night? What'd you run away like that for? I thought you saw a ghost or something.
Buddy Love: Oh yeah. How 'bout that? Well, that's why I stopped by. I thought I'd lay it on ya, but this ain't the place to talk. What do you say we meet later at the Purple Pit? We can talk better there.
Stella Purdy: Well, I dunno. You're pretty weird, you know, and I don't want...
Buddy Love: Chi-chi. Ten o' ...
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References Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

The Marine Hymn
(uncredited)
Music by Jacques Offenbach from "Geneviève de Brabant"
Played whenever Professor Kelp opens his watch
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"That Old Black Magic"!

Further to my earlier review, I would wholeheartedly endorse the opinion of other reviewers that the original Lewis movie is superior - vastly superior

  • to the crass Eddie Murphy re-make. Lewis's subtle points about Buddy Love
(whom, I am unsurprised to learn, he loathed) are utterly lost in the Murphy version. If Lewis's movie fails as popular entertainment, it is because it makes extraordinary intellectual demands on its audience, requiring them to see beyond the surface glamour of Buddy Love to the moral rottenness and egotism within. Strangely enough, however, Buddy Love is not without pathos. There is enough of Kelp in him, together with the shakiness of his chemically-induced persona, to lend a faint suggestion of vulnerability. Perhaps even this is part of his satanic charm (he literally charms the pants off the college Principal). It is no coincidence that his calling-card number is "That Old Black Magic"!


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