The Nutty Professor Reviews
However the story is essentially the same.
A nerdy professor (Professor Klump) with an irritating voice and goofy teeth uses a chemical equation to transform himself into an altar ego as in Mr. Hyde.
The altar ego is called Buddy Love. A confident, musically talented homage to the Brat pack of the time such as Frank Sinatra.
Look out for a blink and you will miss it uncredited cameo by the late Richard Kiel. Kiel of course was massive and played henchman Jaws in two James Bond films.
Both Professor Kelp and Love are played by a comic of the period Jerry Lewis.
Both characters get the attention and later sympathy at the High School prom when Buddy Love starts to turn into his real identity Kelp.
Of course being so old it is difficult for modern audiences to grasp the humour but the storyline is essentially the same as the remakes.
Colourful film but old!
Love learns that he is a monster inside Kelp who although bullied by a variety of people prefers his original identity.
I have awarded three stars simply because of the films age has diluted some of the Jerry Lewis comedy. However it can't be doubted the message the film is trying to portray that being a 'cool', bully like persona is not all it's cracked up to be.
Lewis talent at the time cannot be disputed.
Think of a 1960s Steve Coogan. Even Eddie Murphy is aging!
The most interesting point in the essay is that, okay, it's obvious that Buddy Love is making fun of Dino and the Rat Pack, but isn't it interesting/creepy that he's also a lot like sanctimonious telethon latter Lewis?
Peary stresses that Lewis's comedy was experimental; sometimes producing duds and embarrassment for fans. I think in that light, it's more enjoyable.