The Nutty Professor

The Nutty Professor

To improve his social life, a nerdish professor drinks a potion that temporarily turns him into the handsome, but obnoxious, Buddy Love.
Genres: Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Stars: Jerry Lewis
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 1963
Time: 107 min
IMDb: 6.7/10


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?
Plot Keywords: national-film-registry / slapstick-comedy / self-experimentation / student / chemistry
Taglines: What does he become? What kind of monster?
Certificate: 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:12 | Portugal:M/12 (R-10) | South Korea:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:11 | United Kingdom:U | United Kingdom:PG | United States:Not Rated | United States:Approved | West Germany:12
Cast: Jerry Lewis , Stella Stevens , Del Moore , Kathleen Freeman , Med Flory , Norman Alden , Howard Morris , Elvia Allman , Milton Frome , Buddy Lester , Marvin Kaplan , David Landfield , Skip Ward , Julie Parrish , Henry Gibson , Les Brown and His Band of Renown , Les Brown , Murray Alper , Monya Andre , Roger Bacon , Todd Barron , Mel Berger , Hal Blaine , Nicky Blair , Billy Bletcher , Les Brown Jr. , Brad Brown , Stumpy Brown , Ivan Browning , Mushy Callahan , Hugh Cannon , Seymour Cassel , Selette Cole , Lorinne Crawford , George DeNormand , Robert Donner , Dominic Fidelibus , Fritz Ford , Joseph Forte , Art Gilmore , Gavin Gordon , Bob Harvey , Terry Higgins , Stephanie Hill , Stuart Holmes , Jimmie Horan , Robert Keys , Richard Kiel , Wallace Earl Laven , Carl M. Leviness , Gary Lewis , Caryl Lincoln , Charles Macari , John Macchia , Mike Mahoney , Marilyn Malloy , Mickey Manners , William Meader , Hollis Morrison , Forbes Murray , Suzanne Noel , Paddy O’Hara , Susan Odin , Bob Pane , Max Power , Paul Power , Emil Richards , Bill Richmond , Clark Ross , Michael Ross , Phillip Shaw , Bert Stevens , Kelly Stevenson , Clay Tanner , Judi Thor , Roger Torrey , Doodles Weaver , Dave Willock , Karen Yadley , Celeste Yarnall , Francine York


Company: Paramount Pictures
Country: United States
Language: English
Released Date: 11 Jul 1963 (Argentina)
Year: 1963
Film Location: Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA

Technical Specs

Runtime: 107 min
Soundmix: Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1

User Review:

mrb1980 » 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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