The Nutty Professor

1963

The Nutty Professor

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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."

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Cast

Jerry Lewis
as Professor Julius Kelp/Buddy Love/Baby Kelp, Buddy Love, Prof. Julius Ferris 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
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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  • May 09, 2018
    Despite its sexist tendencies that make it seem outdated for today's standards, this uneven comedy has many funny moments and can be quite impressive with Jerry Lewis playing two very different (and magnetic) characters - that is, if we don't take its implausible ending so seriously.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2017
    Shot in uber bright (nearly cartoon) colors and co-written, directed by and starring Jerry Lewis, here is the famous Doctor Jekyll, Mr. Hyde story made as close to personal therapy as could be. The humor is spotty and often mean spirited (something Stella Stevens somehow nullifies), but the overall entertainment intention drags itself through and only just barely. And this lukewarm appraisal by a longtime fan ...
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2013
    Lewis' The Nutty Professor is a classic, intelligent and surreal comedy, that prove his comical and cinematographic genius.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 17, 2010
    Jerry Lewis' magnum opus, a riotously funny classic comedy that he wonderfully directed and co-wrote. It's concerns a homely, nearsighted chemistry professor named Dr. Julius Kelp, played sensationally by Jerry Lewis in a masterful comic performance, he is constantly ridiculed by his students and fellow colleagues and totally ignored by all the ladies. Well all that is about to forever change, because he has concocted an amazing potion that will transform him into a handsome, creosote-haired, self-assured, hard-drinking lady-killer named "Buddy Love." But this Jekyll-and-Hyde routine will soon have serious consequences for the bumbling professor Kelp when the girl of his dreams, one of his students, superbly played by the gorgeous Stella Stevens, begins to fall for the conceited, super-cool Buddy Love. Astute direction by Lewis, with marvelously supporting performances by Del Moore, Kathleen Freeman, Med Flory, Norman Alden, Howard Morris, Ellvia Allman, Marvin Kaplan, Buddy Lester, Henry Gibson, and Richard Kiel. Striking cinematography by W. Wallace Kelly. There are some truly hilarious slight gags and slapstick sequences. A comic masterpiece that is a must-see! Highly Recommended.
    Danny R Super Reviewer

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