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The Nutty Professor (1963)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi | 25 July 1963 (Japan)
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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Jerry Lewis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Lewis ... Prof. Julius Kelp / Buddy Love
Stella Stevens ... Stella Purdy
Del Moore ... Dr. Mortimer S. Warfield
Kathleen Freeman ... Millie Lemmon
Med Flory ... Warzewski
Norman Alden ... Football Player / Student
Howard Morris ... Elmer Kelp
Elvia Allman ... Edwina Kelp
Milton Frome ... Dr. M. Sheppard Leevee
Buddy Lester ... Bartender
Marvin Kaplan ... English Student
David Landfield David Landfield ... College Student
Skip Ward ... Football Player
Julie Parrish ... College Student
Henry Gibson ... 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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Please do not reveal the middle of this picture! Jerry's a mousey chemistry prof who invents the greatest drink since Dracula discovered bloody marys. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1963 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

El profesor chiflado See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,630,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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. 1 more shot scotch. Mix it well and pour it into a tall glass. See more »

Goofs

When Warzewski grabs Kelp in a bear hug and hauls him over to the storage closet Kelp complains of the pain and physical damage he's experiencing, saying: "...there goes the tibia...". The tibia is the shin bone, hanging way down below any contact with the student's grip. See more »

Quotes

Gym Attendant: Are you hurt?
Professor Julius Kelp: Well, if a man with an ulcer and a splinter in his finger and a nail in his foot was then struck by lightning, if you could say that man was not hurt then yes you could say I'm not hurt.
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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

Spoofed in SCTV Network: Rome, Italian Style (1982) 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's solo best
4 January 2000 | by yenloSee all my reviews

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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