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The Nutty Professor (1963)

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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Well, any scientist who makes a girl like this can't be all mad. See more »

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jerry Lewis wrote seven scripts for the film by himself and two with Bill Richmond. See more »

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When Buddy is telling the bar tender how to make an Alaskan Polar Bear Heater before he tells the bar tender to put any lemon or orange peel in the drink it's already there. 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 »

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Soundtracks

The Marine Hymn
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Music by Jacques Offenbach from "Geneviève de Brabant"
Played whenever Professor Kelp opens his watch
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No Classic, but Lewis' Best
2 July 2006 | by mrb1980See all my reviews

I think that people can be divided into two groups: those that love Jerry Lewis movies, and those that hate them. There doesn't seem to be any middle ground.

Having said that, I am a confirmed hater of Jerry Lewis films. I find them sophomoric and excruciatingly bad, and each one has the same basic plot: Jerry Lewis' character is introduced, then he proceeds to stumble through the rest of the movie.

I'll make an exception for this film; it is the one winner out of all of Lewis' losers. The plot has been described in detail here, but it's basically the Jekyll-Hyde plot placed in a college circa 1963, where nerdy chemistry professor Jerry yearns for the love of one of his students (Stella Stevens). Lewis' transformation from Dr. Kelp to ultracool lounge lizard Buddy Love manages to be both campy and fascinating.

Great cinematography and good acting, plus a warm message and the luscious Stella Stevens make for a fine movie experience. As far as I am concerned, you can throw away all of Lewis' other movies and keep this one...it's a winner.


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