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The Nutty Professor -- Jerry Lewis plays a timid, nearsighted chemistry teacher who discovers a magical potion that can transform him into a suave and handsome Romeo. The Jekyll and Hyde game works well enough until the concoction starts to wear off at the most embarrassing times.


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Jerry Lewis (written by) and
Bill Richmond (written by)
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Release Date:
4 June 1963 (USA) See more »
What does he become? What kind of monster? See more »
To improve his social life, a nerdish professor drinks a potion that temporarily turns him into the handsome, but obnoxious, Buddy Love. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
1 win See more »
(14 articles)
User Reviews:
Jerry's solo best See more (76 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jerry Lewis ... Professor Julius Kelp / Buddy Love

Stella Stevens ... Stella Purdy
Del Moore ... Dr. Mortimer S. Warfield

Kathleen Freeman ... Millie Lemmon
Med Flory ... Warzewski - Football Player

Norman Alden ... Football Player / Student

Howard Morris ... Mr. Elmer Kelp

Elvia Allman ... Edwina Kelp
Milton Frome ... Dr. M. Sheppard Leevee

Buddy Lester ... Bartender

Marvin Kaplan ... English Student
David Landfield ... College Student
Skip Ward ... Football Player
Julie Parrish ... College Student

Henry Gibson ... Gibson, College Student
Les Brown and His Band of Renown ... Themselves
Les Brown ... Band Leader
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Murray Alper ... Gym Attendant (uncredited)
Roger Bacon ... Student (uncredited)
Todd Barron ... Boy in Bowling Alley (uncredited)
Mel Berger ... Moon-faced Man (uncredited)
Nicky Blair ... Student (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ... Plumber (uncredited)
Les Brown Jr. ... Student (uncredited)
Stumpy Brown ... Band Member (uncredited)
Mushy Callahan ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Hugh Cannon ... Man in Gym (uncredited)

Seymour Cassel ... Bored Man (uncredited)
Selette Cole ... College Student (uncredited)
Lorraine Crawford ... Girl (uncredited)

Robert Donner ... College Student (uncredited)
Dominic Fidelibus ... College Student (uncredited)
Joseph Forte ... Faculty Member (uncredited)
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Gavin Gordon ... Clothing Salesman (uncredited)
Bob Harvey ... College Student (uncredited)
Terry Higgins ... Purple Pit Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
Stephanie Hill ... Waitress (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Faculty Member at Senior Prom (uncredited)
Jimmie Horan ... Birdman (uncredited)
Robert Keys ... Policeman (uncredited)

Richard Kiel ... Man in Gym (uncredited)
Wallace Earl Laven ... Bored Girl (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Faculty Member (uncredited)
Gary Lewis ... Boy (uncredited)
Charles Macari ... College Student (uncredited)
John Macchia ... College Student (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ... Man in Bowling Alley (uncredited)
Marilyn Malloy ... Girl (uncredited)
Mickey Manners ... College Student (uncredited)
William Meader ... Bartender (uncredited)
Hollis Morrison ... Man (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Faculty Member (uncredited)
Suzanne Noel ... Girl (uncredited)
Paddy O'Hara ... Nurse (uncredited)
Susan Odin ... Cotton Pickin' Girl (uncredited)
Bob Pane ... College Student (uncredited)
Max Power ... Cop (uncredited)
Emil Richards ... Musician - Percussionist (uncredited)
Bill Richmond ... Man in Booth (uncredited)
Michael Ross ... Weight Lifter at Gym (uncredited)
Phillip Shaw ... Man (uncredited)

William Smith ... Gym Assistant (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Purple Pit Customer (uncredited)
Kelly Stevenson ... Natalie (uncredited)
Clay Tanner ... Man (uncredited)
Judi Thor ... College Student (uncredited)
Roger Torrey ... Football Player (uncredited)

Doodles Weaver ... Rube (uncredited)
Dave Willock ... Purple Pit Customer (uncredited)
Karen Yadley ... Girl (uncredited)

Celeste Yarnall ... College Student (uncredited)

Francine York ... College Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Jerry Lewis 
Writing credits
Jerry Lewis (written by) and
Bill Richmond (written by)

Produced by
Ernest D. Glucksman .... producer
Arthur P. Schmidt .... associate producer
Original Music by
Walter Scharf (music scored by)
Cinematography by
W. Wallace Kelley (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Woodcock 
Casting by
Edward R. Morse (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Hal Pereira 
Walter H. Tyler  (as Walter Tyler)
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton  (as Robert Benton)
Sam Comer 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair style supervisor
Jack Stone .... makeup artist
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Agnes Flanagan .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Hal Bell .... assistant production manager
William Davidson .... production manager (as Bill Davidson)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph Axness .... assistant director
Jack Barry .... assistant director (uncredited)
William R. Poole .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Martin Pendleton .... property master
Sound Department
Charles Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Hugo Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Bud Parman .... boom operator (uncredited)
Bill Wistrom .... sound editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Paul K. Lerpae .... special photographic effects
Bob May .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Grant .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Carl Manoogian .... key grip (uncredited)
Kyme Meade .... camera operator (uncredited)
Sterling Smith .... still photographer (uncredited)
Murray Young .... key grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sy Devore .... wardrobe: men
Nat Wise .... wardrobe: men
James M. George .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Ruth Stella .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Walter Scharf .... conductor
Other crew
Marshall Katz .... assistant to producer
Richard Mueller .... Technicolor color consultant
Marvin Weldon .... dialogue coach
Dorothy Yutzi .... script supervisor
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
107 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:Atp | Finland:K-8 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:L | Portugal:M/12 (R-10) (re-rating) | Sweden:11 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating: DVD audio commentary) (2004) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (2002) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #20376) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Jerry Lewis wrote seven scripts for the film by himself and two with Bill Richmond.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
That Old Black MagicSee more »


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Jerry's solo best, 4 January 2000
Author: yenlo from Auburn, Me

Easily Jerry's best film without Dean. After all these years it still holds up well. The Eddie Murphy remake was fine but this one did it without special effects. Favorite scene is the flashback of The Professors early life. His mother rules his milqtoast dad with an iron hand and in the background can be seen a toddler in a playpen who looks a little goofy. The close up reveals Jerry in baby PJ's. Then there is the legendary Alaskan Polar Bear Heater!

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