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The Nutty Professor (1963)




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Professor Julius F. Kelp (Jerry Lewis) is an addle-brained, absent-minded chemistry instructor always incurring the wrath of the university administration by continually blowing up the classroom laboratory. The shy guy has his eyes on the student body of Stella (Stella Stevens). When a football-playing bully humiliates him, Kelp tries to concoct a chemical to help him gain physical strength and stature. The potion turns him into the handsome, hard-edged nightclub singer named Buddy Love. The mild-mannered professor's alter ego becomes a self-absorbed campus favorite at the Purple Pit, a hangout for hip cats and kittens. Stella falls for the enigmatic entertainer who wows the crowd with his jazzy, breezy delivery and cool demeanor. Buddy mixes it up with the bartender (Buddy Lester), who is instructed on how to mix the latest drinks by the professor-turned-party animal. The drawback of the potion is that it wears off at the most embarrassing an inopportune times for Buddy, turning him back into the helpless Kelp. Buddy performs at the annual student dance, and while on the dais, the elixir starts to wear off. The students and staff watch in amazement as he changes back into the professor. He gives an impassioned plea that people must learn to like themselves before others can like them in return. Stella still wants to be the teacher's pet, and the two make future plans together.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jerry Lewis, Bill Richmond
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 17, 2000
Paramount Home Video


Jerry Lewis
as Buddy Love, Prof. Ju...
Stella Stevens
as Stella Purdy
Del Moore
as Dr. Hamius R. Warfie...
Kathleen Freeman
as Millie Lemmon
Howard Morris
as Mr. Kelp
Elvira Allman
as Mother Kelp
Milton Frome
as Dr. Levey
Buddy Lester
as Bartender
Med Flory
as Football Player
Skip Ward
as Football Player
Norman Alden
as Football Player
Marvin Kaplan
as English Boy
David Landfield
as College Student
Celeste Yarnall
as College Student
Francine York
as College Student
Julie Parrish
as College Student
Henry Gibson
as College Student
Dave Willock
as Bartender
Mushy Callahan
as Cab Driver
Elvia Allman
as Mother Kelp
Gavin Gordon
as Salesman Clothier
Les Brown
as Himself
Joe Forte
as Faculty Member
Terry Higgins
as Cigarette Girl
Murray Alper
as Judo Instructor
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Critic Reviews for The Nutty Professor

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (4)

The Nutty Professor was not only a starring vehicle for Lewis, the comedian, it was also co-written and directed by the star and shows, intentionally and deliberately, two drastically different sides of him.

Full Review… | June 27, 2014

Demonstrates that Jerry Lewis is the absolute master of screen space: There's not a single indifferent shot in the film.

Full Review… | June 17, 2014
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

[Jerry] Lewis constructed one of his sturdiest scripts in The Nutty Professor, and he wasted scarcely a minute of it.

Full Review… | June 9, 2014
The Dissolve

a quite funny romp

March 8, 2008

Certainly Jerry Lewis at his best.

January 2, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

It's a brilliant job of direction, but the film couldn't have worked without Lewis' performance in both roles.

Full Review… | October 19, 2004
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for The Nutty Professor


Lewis' The Nutty Professor is a classic, intelligent and surreal comedy, that prove his comical and cinematographic genius.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Pretty good movie, and this is coming from somewhere who isn't a Jerry Lewis fan...not by a long shot.

Cindy I

Super Reviewer

Jerry Lewis' best film. That's like having a heirarchy of manure.

xGary Xx

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