The Nutty Professor (1963) starring Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens
The Nutty Professor is Jerry Lewis‘ most famous film, and with good reason. Unlike many of his comedies, this is more than a thin plot for him to hang slapstick on. The character of Dr. Julius Kelp is well-rounded and sympathetic – as well as the traditional klutz that Jerry Lewis portrays so well. The ultimate nerd, after being physically humiliated in front of his class, he tries several (very funny) attempts at building himself up, only to fail miserably. Kelp then turns to his knowledge of science to create a formula to turn himself into the macho he-man that he dreams of being, in hopes of earning the affections of Stella Purdy (played very well by Stella Stevens). The potion works all too well, releasing the suave, self-confident, arrogant and conceited Buddy Love. Whereas Kelp is barely tolerated, Love alternately bullies and sweet-talks his way into favor (the scene with him buttering up the college president, played by Del Moore, is wonderful) – until the end of the picture, when the formula wears off at the wrong time, and the ‘Hyde’ Buddy Love slowly turns back into ‘Dr. Jekyll’ Julius Kelp in front of the world, all while giving a wonderful speech that everyone should hear.
The DVD has the ordinary extras (trailers, outtakes) as well as a very nice documentary on The Nutty Professor, both the making of it and afterwards.
Editorial Review of The Nutty Professor starring Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens – courtesy of Amazon.com essential video
Jerry Lewis‘ 1963 Jekyll and Hyde variation has always been tagged by two popular assumptions: one is that it is his best work as a comic filmmaker, and the other is that Lewis’s Mr. Hyde equivalent–the slick, ultra-arrogant, good-looking womanizer Buddy Love–actually lampoons the director’s former partner, Dean Martin. Well, The Nutty Professor certainly is Lewis’s best film. But all one has to do is watch it to realize the motivation behind Buddy Love is more confessional: he’s really much more like Lewis’s darker, narcissistic side, while the shlubby scientist (also played by Lewis) from whom Love springs is closer to the star’s screen image. You can watch all this psychodrama yourself and have a lot of good laughs at the same time with this unusual film, which still surpasses Eddie Murphy’s recent remake–though not necessarily by a wide gap. —Tom Keogh
Product Description of The Nutty Professor starring Jerry Lewis
Unable to put up with ridicule any longer, Kelp creates a potion that transforms him into his alter ego, Buddy Love, who is slick, cool and a hit with the ladies. The only problem with this potion is it doesn’t last very long, and wears off at the most inopportune moments.
Funny Movie Quotes from The Nutty Professor (1963) starring Jerry Lewis
Professor Julius Kelp (Jerry Lewis): Well, just don’t do something, sit there!
Buddy Love (Jerry Lewis): Hiya, chicky baby. How’s it going?
Stella Purdy (Stella Stevens): Fine.
Buddy Love (Jerry Lewis): Crazy. I thought I’d visit your little land of learning. Cute. Cute pad.
Stella Purdy (Stella Stevens): What happened to you last night? What’d you run away like that for? I thought you saw a ghost or something.
Buddy Love (Jerry Lewis): Oh yeah. How ‘bout that? Well, that’s why I stopped by. I thought I’d lay it on ya, but this ain’t the place to talk. What do you say we meet later at the Purple Pit? We can talk better there.
Stella Purdy (Stella Stevens): Well, I dunno. You’re pretty weird, you know, and I don’t want …
Buddy Love (Jerry Lewis): Chi-chi. Ten o’ clock?
Stella Purdy (Stella Stevens): Perfect.
Buddy Love (Jerry Lewis): Figures.
Buddy Love (Jerry Lewis): I know what you’re thinking: Where’s he been all my life? Right?
Stella Purdy (Stella Stevens): No, not exactly.
Buddy Love (Jerry Lewis): And that you’re happy with the way I handled those three goons, right? Well, normally I would’ve belted them, but I didn’t want to muss myself all up and have you dance with a sloppy guy. Dig?
Stella Purdy (Stella Stevens): Well then, you restrained yourself just for little old me.
Buddy Love (Jerry Lewis): I knew you’d appreciate it. I do a lot of nice things.
Stella Purdy (Stella Stevens): Well, is that really the case or is this line 27-a for young college girls?
Buddy Love (Jerry Lewis): Aww, you see? You went and done it. For one of the rare moments in my life when I dig deep into the soul, and you doubt my veracity.
Stella Purdy (Stella Stevens): Well, it’s not your veracity that I doubt. The music stopped.
Buddy Love (Jerry Lewis): Yeah, I heard.
Buddy Love (Jerry Lewis): They’re all nice kids. All nice. All nice kids. They have very, very good taste, I might add.
Stella Purdy (Stella Stevens): I’m glad. It would be a shame to waste the genius of yours on the riff-raff.
Buddy Love (Jerry Lewis): Well, honey, I always say, if you’re good and you know it, why waste time beating around the bush, true?
Stella Purdy (Stella Stevens): And I always say that to love yourself is the beginning of a life-long romance. And after watching you, I know that you and you will be very happy together.
Buddy Love (Jerry Lewis): Just a minute, sweetheart. I don’t recall dismissing you.
Stella Purdy (Stella Stevens): You rude, discourteous egomaniac!
Buddy Love (Jerry Lewis): You’re crazy about me, right? And I can understand it. Only this morning, looking in the mirror before shaving, I enjoyed seeing what I saw so much I couldn’t tear myself away. Have some, baby?
Purple Pit Bartender (Buddy Lester): What’ll it be?
Buddy Love (Jerry Lewis): Aww… That’s no way to talk. Tsk, tsk, tsk. “What’ll it be?’ That’s no way to treat a customer. C’mere. Try it like this. Pay attention. You’ll feel better and the customers’ll be happier. Try this: “What’ll it be? Hmmm?’ Try that. Come on. We haven’t got all night. Try it.
Purple Pit Bartender (Buddy Lester): What’ll it be? Hmmm?
Buddy Love (Jerry Lewis): Good! That was wonderful. Did anyone ever tell you you couldn’t sing?
Buddy Love (Jerry Lewis): Have some, baby?
Buddy Love (Jerry Lewis): Here y’are, baby. Take this, wipe the lipstick off, slide over here next to me, and let’s get started.
Gym Attendant: Are you hurt?
Professor Julius Kelp (Jerry Lewis): Well, if a man with an ulcer and a splinter in his finger and a nail in his foot was then struck by lightning, if you could say that man was not hurt then yes you could say I’m not hurt.
Dr. Hamius R. Warfield (Del Moore): It’s just human nature. People don’t like teachers blowing up their kids!
Dr. Hamius R. Warfield (Del Moore): I understand the scientists have their little eccentricities. Einstein hated hair cuts, De Vinci love to paint, and Newton
Professor Julius Kelp (Jerry Lewis): He had something to do with figs, right?
Trivia for The Nutty Professor (1963) starring Jerry Lewis
- According to one of the trailers for this film, “We don’t care if you blab about the beginning of this picture; nor do we care if you give away the ending; but we do care if you reveal the middle. In fact, Jerry Lewis urges you to see this picture from the beginning, on penalty of losing your popcorn privileges.” This spoofs Alfred Hitchcock’s dictum that Psycho (1960) had to be seen from the beginning and his insistence that no latecomers be seated (“not even the [theatre] manager’s brother”).