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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)  »

Also Known As:

El profesor chiflado  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Buddy Love, these are the ingredients for an Alaskan Polar Bear Heater: 2 shots vodka, 1 shot rum, 1 shot vermouth, 1 shot brandy, 1 shot gin, 1 shot scotch, a dash of bitters, a smidgen of vinegar, a lemon peel, an orange peel and a cherry. Mix it well and pour it into a tall glass. See more »

Goofs

At the prom, Stella's hand changes position on/off Buddy's shoulder, See more »

Quotes

Purple Pit Bartender: What'll it be?
Buddy Love: Aww... That's no way to talk. Tsk, tsk, tsk. "What'll it be?" That's no way to treat a customer. C'mere. Try it like this. Pay attention. You'll feel better and the customers'll be happier. Try this: "What'll it be? Hmmm?" Try that. Come on. We haven't got all night. Try it.
Purple Pit Bartender: What'll it be? Hmmm?
Buddy Love: Good! That was wonderful. Did anyone ever tell you you couldn't sing?
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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

Referenced in American Dreams: The Home Front (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm in the Mood for Love
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by Jerry Lewis as Buddy Love at the Purple Pit student nightclub.
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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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