The Nutty Professor (1963)
Movie InfoProfessor 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
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Critic Reviews for The Nutty Professor
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.
Demonstrates that Jerry Lewis is the absolute master of screen space: There's not a single indifferent shot in the film.
[Jerry] Lewis constructed one of his sturdiest scripts in The Nutty Professor, and he wasted scarcely a minute of it.
a quite funny romp
Certainly Jerry Lewis at his best.
It's a brilliant job of direction, but the film couldn't have worked without Lewis' performance in both roles.
Silly, manic, juvenile, square, unfunny in an offensive way and serving as an egomaniacal testament to Mr. Lewis.
Much better than the remake; Jerry Lewis' best movie.
Supposedly Lewis' masterpiece. That says a lot about Lewis.
Classic Jerry Lewis
Lewis' uneven take on Jekyll and Hyde has its fun moments, but at times its too sentimental and cloying.
"probably Lewis' masterpiece"
Audience Reviews for The Nutty Professor
Lewis' The Nutty Professor is a classic, intelligent and surreal comedy, that prove his comical and cinematographic genius.More
Pretty good movie, and this is coming from somewhere who isn't a Jerry Lewis fan...not by a long shot.More
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