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


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Release Date:

4 June 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El profesor chiflado  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Film debut of Celeste Yarnall. See more »


When Kelp is jammed into a storage cabinet by a student, his left knee lies on a big brown bottle. In the following scenes, this bottle has simply vanished. See more »


Dr. Hamius R. Warfield: Warfield finishes with papers handed to him by secretary Lemmon... Where's your pad?
Millie Lemmon: Oh it's not quite a mile from campus. It's a small flat, but you should see what I did with the drapes! Oh! You meant my steno pad. I'll be right back with it.
Dr. Hamius R. Warfield: Never mind, what is it?
Millie Lemmon: Mr. Buddy Love is hear to see you, and is he ever a gasser! Should I have him come in?
Dr. Hamius R. Warfield: If you can do so without fainting.
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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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Stella by Starlight
Music by Victor Young
Played as a theme for Stella Stevens
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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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