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||IMDB Rating: 6.7/10 from 11,307 votes
||Release: 4 June 1963 (USA) /
||Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
||Director: Jerry Lewis,
||Stars: Buddy Lester, David Landfield, Del Moore, Elvia Allman, Henry Gibson, Howard Morris, Jerry Lewis, Julie Parrish, Kathleen Freeman, Marvin Kaplan, Med Flory, Milton Frome, Norman Alden, Skip Ward, Stella Stevens
||Synopsis: Nerd. Milquetoast. Klutz. These are just three of the many undesirable words that can be used to describe Professor Julius Kelp. But all that changes when the chemistry expert invents a potion that transforms him into a suave, sexy chick magnet, whom Julius aptly names Buddy Love. Unfortunately, there's one side effect: Buddy can't control when he'll change back into Julius, an event that always happens at inopportune times. How will Julius/Buddy resolve his Jekyll-and-Hyde dilemma? Written by alfiehitchie
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On the Nutty Professor DVD extras, Jerry Lewis says that he had been
"enthralled with Jekyll and Hyde" since he was a kid. So it's only
logical that he'd long to create this "Jekyll and Hyde comedy/musical".
Oddly, The Nutty Professor tends to be read as only a comedy, in the
modern colloquial sense of that genre term, as "a film that's supposed
to make you laugh", but there's much more to it than that, and more
intended than that. Which is probably a good thing, because even though
I didn't laugh out loud very frequently while watching The Nutty
Professor, I did enjoy it quite a bit, despite the flaws.
Lewis--who also directs--plays Professor Julius Kelp, a bizarrely
nerdy-but-stupid chemistry professor. He has a knack for conducting
dangerous, unauthorized experiments in the presence of students. At the
beginning of the film, he blows up his classroom yet again. On a later
day, a football student who was denied permission to leave class early
for football practice responds by stuffing Kelp into a shelf. Beautiful
student Stella Purdy (Stella Stevens) feels sorry for Kelp and helps
him unstuff himself. Stevens skillfully has the slightest gleam in her
eye while doing this so that we can tell that Purdy has an attraction
to the strange-looking professor.
Spurred on by the incident--with both the physical abuse and the
physical attraction as motivators, Kelp decides to give himself a make
over. He first tries his luck at the local gym. When that doesn't work
out so well he puts his chemistry knowledge to use and hits upon a
potion that produces a Jekyll & Hyde transformation. The Nutty
Professor has Kelp trying to balance the two personalities, with the
expected calamitous but humorous results.
Although Lewis' Hyde character, "Buddy Love", is often said to be a
skewering of his early comedy partner and pal Dean Martin, Lewis claims
this wasn't the case. Both the nerd and the debonair but sublimely
obnoxious hipster were supposedly amalgamations of different people
Lewis had encountered over the years. Still, the similarities to Martin
are difficult to deny; perhaps the character was partially a
subconscious parody of Martin.
In any event, Love is entertaining to watch--he's something like a
glossy trainwreck. Or maybe like a suave Satan in a silk suit. Lewis
makes both characters complex in their differences from their
respective stereotypes. Kelp is the stereotypical "absent-minded
professor", only the absent-minded professor is usually a wiz at his
academic subject. Lewis paints Kelp as primarily a wiz at being a
slightly sympathetic dork, where his cockeyed chemistry successes are
more accidental. Love is the stereotypical overbearing but
attractive-to-the-women brute, yet Lewis is quick to imbue him with an
odd combination of pathos and flair, so that Love ends up being both
more fragile and more talented/intelligent.
Some of the material employing both characters is quite funny, but
Lewis dwells on humor no more than a whole gamut of modes and emotions,
from fairly serious horror material during the slightly overlong
initial Jekyll/Hyde transformation to poignantly sad, touching scenes
showing the crack in the Love armor. To an extent, the Jekyll/Hyde
theme permeates the film in its shifting tones.
One of those modes that works surprisingly well is the musical
material. Lewis hired the superb Les Brown and other great jazz
musicians to provide songs. Les Brown's "Band of Renown" even makes an
on screen appearance, performing a couple songs at a college dance.
Lewis isn't the greatest singer, but he does a passable job with an
alluring rendition of "That Old Black Magic". There's also a great
version of "Stella by Starlight" in the background of a couple scenes.
The performances are quite good. Both Stevens and Del Moore, as Dr.
Hamius R. Warfield, the college dean, easily hold their own next to
Lewis, who does a remarkable job with the transformations. He's helped
a lot by W. Wallace Kelley's cinematography. Kelley had a more than
respectable, varied background, including camera experience on a couple
Alfred Hitchcock films--To Catch A Thief (1955) and Vertigo (1958)--and
Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1956). Kelley uses very subtle
angle changes to make Kelp seem small and insignificant (aided by
Lewis' physical contortions) while making Love seem like a big, macho
The production design is also gorgeous. Lewis directs his crew to fill
the film with bold, unusual color combinations--most overtly in the
rainbow-colored paints on the lab floor during the first Jekyll/Hyde
transformation, the nice overlaying of purples and reds in The Purple
Pit club, and the great, unusual coordinations of Love's suits.
Whether you find The Nutty Professor hilarious or not, it has certainly
been influential. Lewis considers this his best film. The American Film
Institute placed The Nutty Professor at number ninety-nine on its list
of the "100 Funniest American Films" ("100 Years/100 Laughs"). Both
Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey have obviously been influenced by this
film, as they have been by Lewis in general. And Andy Kaufman's
disparate characters Latka Gravas (from 1978-1983's "Taxi") and Tony
Clifton (a regular part of his live act) are direct parallels to Kelp
and Love, even if Kaufman had other influences for those characters, as
The Nutty Professor is also a "message" film. The dual "morals" of the
story, in addition to the less conspicuous subtexts dealing with
personal identity, are to not be afraid to be your true self and to
accept others for their true selves--to look deeper than the surface
Given such wide-ranging moods and aims, it's probably best to watch the
film without genre expectations. That's not likely to make those averse
to Lewis' shtick enjoy it any more, but for everyone else, The Nutty
Professor is worth a look. It will surprise you with its diversity.
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, David Landfield
, Del Moore
, Elvia Allman
, Henry Gibson
, Howard Morris
, Jerry Lewis
, Julie Parrish
, Kathleen Freeman
, Marvin Kaplan
, Med Flory
, Milton Frome
, Norman Alden
, Skip Ward
, Stella Stevens
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