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The Nutty Professor (1963)

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One of Jerry Lewis' finest comedies, The Nutty Professor tells the touching tale of a bumbling dweeb of an inventor who creates a formula that turns him into suave lady-killer Buddy Love (who seems to be a less-than-kind caricature of Lewis' long-time professional partner Dean Martin, though Lewis has always denied this). Unfortunately, despite all his newfound charm, Lewis is still unable to win the heart of the one woman he really loves and so must rethink his strategy. A highlight is the bit he does with Buddy Lester, "Alaskan Polar Bear Heater."
Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Classics , Comedy
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Paramount Home Video

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Cast

Jerry Lewis
as Buddy Love, Prof. Julius Ferris Kelp, Professor Julius Kelp/Buddy Love/Baby Kelp
Stella Stevens
as Stella Purdy
Del Moore
as Dr. Hamius R. Warfield
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
Gavin Gordon
as Salesman Clothier
Elvia Allman
as Mother Kelp
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 (25)

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
PopMatters

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

½

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

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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½

So hilarious. I hate dirty modern humor. But this movie was funny in a subtle, less crude way.

Dannielle Albert
Dannielle Albert

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
Cindy I

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