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 … 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


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as Stella Purdy

as Dr. Hamius R. Warfie...

as Millie Lemmon

as Mr. Kelp

as Mother Kelp

as Dr. Levey

as Bartender

as Football Player

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as English Boy

as College Student

as College Student

as College Student

as College Student

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as Bartender

as Cab Driver

as Mother Kelp

as Salesman Clothier

as Himself

as Faculty Member

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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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