The Nutty Professor

The Nutty Professor

Jerry Lewis (1963)

PG Certificate


Our Score
In spite of almost universal criticism, this immensely accomplished comedy remains actor/co-writer/director Jerry Lewis's best and funniest screen work. It's really "Doctor Jerry and Mister Love" (the film's French title translated), as Lewis plays nerdish chemistry professor Julius Kelp who is hooked on lovely student Stella Stevens. Lewis makes and takes a potion that turns him into Buddy Love, singing lounge lizard par excellence. The witty design and the use of fabulously rich Paramount Technicolor are major bonuses, and this clever movie remains extremely funny.


A shy, awkward chemistry teacher harbours a crush on a beautiful student. When he creates a potion that transforms him into an irresistible ladies' man, he comes close to attracting her attention - but at every critical moment the effects of the elixir wear off. Comedy, starring Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Howard Morris and Kathleen Freeman.

Cast & Crew

Professor Julius Kelp/Buddy Love/Baby Kelp Jerry Lewis
Stella Purdy Stella Stevens
Dr Hamius R Warfield Howard Morris
Millie Lemmon Kathleen Freeman
Mr Elmer Kelp Howard Morris
Edwina Kelp Elvia Allman
Dr M Sheppard Leevee Milton Frome
Gibson Henry Gibson
Director Jerry Lewis
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD