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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."

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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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Critic Reviews for The Nutty Professor

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (3)

[Jerry] Lewis constructed one of his sturdiest scripts in The Nutty Professor, and he wasted scarcely a minute of it.

June 9, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Contains some of Lewis's most outré directorial flourishes.

October 14, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The catastrophically uncomfortable unraveling, laden with lessons about self-esteem, isn't nearly as fitting or as funny as the setup.

January 2, 2022 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

The Nutty Professor is a waste of talent, a waste of superb color photography and a waste of time.

January 22, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

June 27, 2014 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Demonstrates that Jerry Lewis is the absolute master of screen space: There's not a single indifferent shot in the film.

June 17, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Nutty Professor


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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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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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