The Nutty Professor 1963

The Nutty Professor

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Julius Kelp (Jerry Lewis) is a college professor with a problem. Clumsy, awkward, inarticulate and unattractive, Julius is a hopeless case when it comes to women -- but he's desperate to impress beautiful student Stella (Stella Stevens). Fortunately, he does know something about chemistry and decides to concoct a potion that will turn him into a whole new man. In this classic comedy, Julius' suave alter ego, Buddy Love, must win Stella's affections before his short-lived potion runs out.

Cast & Crew

Jerry Lewis
Professor Julius Kelp, Buddy Love, Baby Kelp
Stella Stevens
Stella Purdy
Del Moore
Dr. Hamius R. Warfield
Kathleen Freeman
Millie Lemmon
Med Flory
Football Player
Howard Morris
Mr. Elmer Kelp
Elvia Allman
Edwina Kelp
Jerry Lewis
Screenwriter
Bill Richmond
Screenwriter
W. Wallace Kelley
Cinematographer
John Woodcock
Film Editor
Walter Scharf
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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    Despite its sexist tendencies that make it seem outdated for today's standards, this uneven comedy has many funny moments and can be quite impressive with Jerry Lewis playing two very different (and magnetic)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.
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