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The Nutty Professor (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi | 11 July 1963 (Argentina)
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

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Prof. Julius Kelp / Buddy Love
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Football Player / Student
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Bartender
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English Student
David Landfield ...
College Student
Skip Ward ...
Football Player
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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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Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi

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11 July 1963 (Argentina)  »

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El profesor chiflado  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Celeste Yarnall. See more »

Goofs

When Buddy is telling the bar tender how to make an Alaskan Polar Bear Heater before he tells the bar tender to put any lemon or orange peel in the drink it's already there. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Hamius R. Warfield: Kelp, it's human nature. Kelp, people just don't like teachers blowing up their kids!
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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 »

Connections

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Soundtracks

That Old Black Magic
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Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Jerry Lewis as Buddy Love at the Purple Pit student nightclub.
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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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