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Release Date:
11 July 1963 (Argentina) 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 »
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(14 articles)
User Reviews:
"That Old Black Magic"! See more (86 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jerry Lewis ... Prof. 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)
Brad Brown ... College 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)
Lorinne Crawford ... Girl (uncredited)

George DeNormand ... Faculty Member (uncredited)

Robert Donner ... College Student (uncredited)
Dominic Fidelibus ... College Student (uncredited)
Fritz Ford ... Gym Member (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)

Caryl Lincoln ... Faculty Member (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)
Paul Power ... Faculty Member (uncredited)
Emil Richards ... Musician - Percussionist (uncredited)
Bill Richmond ... Man in Booth (uncredited)
Clark Ross ... Faculty Member (uncredited)
Michael Ross ... Weightlifter at Gym (uncredited)
Phillip Shaw ... Man (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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107 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG | Denmark:11 | Finland:K-8 | France:Tous publics | Iceland:L | Ireland:G | Italy:T | Netherlands:AL | Norway:11 | Portugal:M/12 (R-10) (re-rating) | Spain:T | Sweden:11 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1988) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #20376) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Film debut of Henry Gibson.See more »
Continuity: The chemistry equipment and supplies on top of the three long lab tables in Kelp's classroom change, and eventually disappear altogether, from scene to scene.See more »
Dr. Hamius R. Warfield:Now try to understand that I understand, that scientists and creators have their little eccentricities. Einstein hated hair cuts, Da Vinci love to paint, and Newton...
Professor Julius Kelp:He had something to do with figs, didn't he?
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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
"That Old Black Magic"!, 14 August 2001

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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