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The Nutty Professor (1963)

Not Rated | | 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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Football Player / Student
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Elmer Kelp
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Edwina Kelp
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Dr. M. Sheppard Leevee
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English Student
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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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11 July 1963 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

El profesor chiflado  »

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$7,630,000
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

An uncredited Cliff Robertson can be briefly seen lighting a cigarette just outside the Purple Pit as Buddy Love enters the club for the first time. Robertson is the last in the sequence of wide-eyed people, staring in astonishment at Buddy moments before the audience sees Buddy for the first time. See more »

Goofs

When Kelp has been jammed into a storage cabinet by a student, we see Stella as seen from his horizontal viewpoint with her head to the left of shot. But he's lying on his left side, so her head should be on the right. See more »

Quotes

Professor Julius Kelp: And to me, Carbon Dioxide,
[as Buddy]
Professor Julius Kelp: Has always been a gas.
[Stella looks up shocked]
Professor Julius Kelp: [as Professor Kelp] No I didn't mean that, Yes actually...
[as Buddy]
Professor Julius Kelp: Actually it kinda swings and...
[He faked a cough]
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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 »


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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"That Old Black Magic"!
14 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

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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