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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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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 »
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(14 articles)
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Jerry Lewis in Hilarious Jeckyl/Hyde Comedy See more (82 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)
Lorinne Crawford ... Girl (uncredited)
George DeNormand ... Faculty Member (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)
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 ... Weight Lifter 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 | Finland:K-8 | 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

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Film debut of Celeste Yarnall.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 »
Buddy Love:I know what you're thinking: Where's he been all my life? Right?
Stella Purdy:No, not exactly.
Buddy Love:And that you're happy with the way I handled those three goons, right? Well, normally I would've belted them, but I didn't want to muss myself all up and have you dance with a sloppy guy. Dig?
Stella Purdy:Well then, you restrained yourself just for little old me.
Buddy Love:I knew you'd appreciate it. I do a lot of nice things.
Stella Purdy:Well, is that really the case or is this line 27-a for young college girls?
Buddy Love:Aww, now you see? You went and done it. For one of the rare times in my life when I dig down into the soul, and you doubt my veracity. Well, that hurts.
Stella Purdy:Well, it's not your veracity that I doubt.
Stella Purdy:The music stopped.
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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Jerry Lewis in Hilarious Jeckyl/Hyde Comedy, 25 May 2005
Author: mdm-11 from United States

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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