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The Nutty Professor
The Nutty Professor
is a 1963 American comic science fiction film produced, directed, co-written (with Bill Richmond) and starring Jerry Lewis. The score was composed by Walter Scharf. The film is a parody of Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In 2004, The Nutty Professor
The Nutty Professor
was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry
National Film Registry
by the Library of Congress
Library of Congress
as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". It is largely considered to be Lewis's finest and most memorable film.[citation needed] In 1996, a remake starring Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
and Jada Pinkett-Smith
Jada Pinkett-Smith
was released, directed by Tom Shadyac.

Contents

1 Plot 2 Cast

2.1 Characters

3 Production 4 Reception

4.1 Awards and honors

5 Home media 6 Animated sequel 7 In other media

7.1 Musical adaptation

8 See also 9 References 10 External links

Plot[edit] Professor Julius Kelp is a nerdy, scruffy, buck-toothed, accident-prone, socially awkward university professor whose experiments in the classroom laboratory are unsuccessful and highly destructive. When a football-playing bully embarrasses and attacks him, Kelp decides to "beef up" by joining a local gym. Kelp's lack of physical strength prompts him to invent a serum that turns him into the handsome, suave, charming and cheeky girl-chasing hipster, Buddy Love. This new personality gives him the self-confidence to pursue one of his students, Stella Purdy. Although she resents Love, she finds herself strangely attracted to him. Buddy wows the crowd with his jazzy, breezy musical delivery and poised demeanor at the Purple Pit, a nightclub where the students hang out. He also mocks a bartender and waitress and punches a student. The formula wears off at inopportune times, often to Kelp's humiliation. Although Kelp knows that his alternate persona is a bad person, he cannot prevent himself from continually taking the formula as he enjoys the attention that Love receives. As Buddy performs at the annual student dance the formula starts to wear off. His real identity now revealed, Kelp gives an impassioned speech, admitting his mistakes and seeking forgiveness. Kelp says that the one thing he learned from being someone else is that if you don't like yourself, you can't expect others to like you. Purdy meets Kelp backstage, and confesses that she prefers Kelp over Buddy Love. Eventually, Kelp's formerly timid father chooses to market the formula (a copy of which Kelp had sent to his parents' home for safekeeping), endorsed by the deadpan president of the university who proclaims, "It's a gasser!" Kelp's father makes a pitch to the chemistry class, and the students all rush forward to buy the new tonic. In the confusion Kelp and Purdy slip out of the class. Armed with a marriage license and two bottles of the formula, they elope. During the short closing credits, each of the characters come out and bow down to the camera, and when Jerry Lewis, still portraying Kelp, comes out and bows, he trips and goes into the camera, breaking it and causing the picture to go black. Cast[edit]

Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
as Professor Julius F. Kelp/Buddy Love/Baby Kelp Stella Stevens
Stella Stevens
as Stella Purdy Del Moore as Dr. Mortimer S. Warfield Kathleen Freeman
Kathleen Freeman
as Millie Lemmon Howard Morris as Mr. Elmer Kelp Elvia Allman
Elvia Allman
as Mrs. Edwina Kelp Julie Parrish
Julie Parrish
as College Student Milton Frome
Milton Frome
as Dr. M. Sheppard Leevee Buddy Lester
Buddy Lester
as Bartender Med Flory as Warzewski, the football player

Characters[edit] The basic characterization of Julius Kelp was a Lewis staple, having appeared earlier in 1958's Rock-A-Bye Baby, and basically identical characters would appear in 1965's The Family Jewels and 1967's The Big Mouth. Buddy Love is often interpreted as a lampoon of Lewis' former show business partner Dean Martin. Lewis, however, consistently denied this. In his 1982 autobiography and again in a DVD
DVD
featurette entitled The Nutty Professor: Making The Formula, Lewis stated that the character was based on every obnoxious self-important hateful hipster he ever knew. In the DVD
DVD
commentary, Lewis speculates that he perhaps should have made Love more evil — since to his surprise more fan mail came for Love than for the professor. Film critic Danny Peary made the claim in his 1981 book Cult Movies that the character of Love is actually the real counterpart of Jerry Lewis. Lewis has stated that the two represented good and evil.[4] The character of Professor Frink
Professor Frink
from the animated television series The Simpsons
The Simpsons
loosely borrows many of his mannerisms and technique from Lewis' delivery of the Julius Kelp character, as well as the transition to a Buddy Love version of Frink in several episodes. In one episode, the character of Frink's father was voiced by Lewis. Production[edit] The entire production was filmed from October 9 to December 17, 1962, mostly on the campus of Arizona State University
Arizona State University
in Tempe, Arizona. The cast's costumes were designed by Edith Head. Les Brown and his Band of Renown play themselves in the extended senior prom scenes. Walter Scharf's score makes extensive use of the Victor Young
Victor Young
jazz standard Stella by Starlight including an upbeat version over the film's main titles. Paramount was the copyright holder of the theme from its original appearance in The Uninvited (1944). Love instructs the bartender to make an Alaskan Polar Bear Heater, "mix it nice" and pour it into a tall glass. The bartender asks if he can take a sip; after doing so, he freezes like a statue. While the drink started as fictional, it is now listed on some cocktail websites.[5][6][7] Reception[edit] Awards and honors[edit] In 2000, the American Film Institute
American Film Institute
placed the film on its 100 Years...100 Laughs list, where it was ranked #99.[8] Home media[edit] The Nutty Professor
The Nutty Professor
was released on DVD
DVD
in October 2000. In October 2004, a " Special
Special
Edition" was released including an audio commentary by Lewis and Steve Lawrence, a documentary and a short feature. In the commentary, Lewis discusses aspects of production, including his creating a real-time, on-camera monitor, which subsequently became standard in the film industry. He mentions that he recut the film for his own home viewing. He also identifies scenes that he would have liked to redo; for example, making the professor's watch sound tinny. The DVD
DVD
of the film contains a long deleted scene in which Kelp's love interest is portrayed as a sultry siren whose choreographed, jaw-dropping entrance to the Purple Pit, accompanied by jazz music, contrasts with the final edit in which she is portrayed as smart but fairly unassuming. Animated sequel[edit] An animated direct-to- DVD
DVD
sequel, also titled The Nutty Professor, featured the voices of Lewis and Drake Bell
Drake Bell
and was released on November 25, 2008. Directed by Paul Taylor, the film involves Julius Kelp's teenage grandson Harold discovering his grandfather's secret formula and unleashing his alter ego. Lewis had for decades talked about doing a sequel and until then had to settle for the 1996 remake starring Eddie Murphy, for which Lewis was credited as a producer. The 1996 version did produce a sequel of its own: Nutty Professor II: The Klumps. In other media[edit] Musical adaptation[edit] A musical theater version premiered at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville
Nashville
from July 31-August 19, 2012, based on a book by Rupert Holmes and with a score by Marvin Hamlisch. The production was directed by Jerry Lewis, with choreography by Joann M. Hunter. The cast featured Michael Andrew, Klea Blackhurst, Mark Jacoby and Marissa McGowan. The scenery was by David Gallo, with costume design by Ann Hould-Ward.[9][10] See also[edit]

List of American films of 1963

References[edit]

^ "THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (U)". British Board of Film Classification. June 18, 1963. Retrieved November 16, 2014.  ^ "Top Rental Films of 1963", Variety, 8 January 1964, pg 37. ^ Box office information for film in France at Box Office story ^ The Nutty Professor, Special
Special
Edition, commentary. ^ "The Celluloid Pantry".  ^ "Cherry Capri's Cocktail Recipes". Archived from the original on October 30, 2007.  ^ "Alaskan Polar Bear Heater". Archived from the original on October 29, 2007.  ^ "AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs" (PDF). American Film Institute. Retrieved August 28, 2016.  ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Producers of Nutty Professor Hope to Earn Broadway Tenure for New Marvin Hamlisch- Rupert Holmes Show" Archived August 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., Playbill, August 17, 2012, accessed August 19, 2013 ^ Ng, David (2012-08-02). "Jerry Lewis' 'Nutty Professor' musical opens in Nashville". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 

Jerry Lewis: In Person with Herb Gluck. New York: Atheneum, 1982, ISBN 0-689-11290-4

External links[edit]

1960s portal

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on IMDb The Nutty Professor
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at the TCM Movie Database The Nutty Professor
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at Rotten Tomatoes

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The Nutty Professor

Films

The Nutty Professor
The Nutty Professor
(1963) The Nutty Professor
The Nutty Professor
(1996) Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000) The Nutty Professor
The Nutty Professor
(2008)

Characters

Julius Kelp Sherman Klump

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Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Character Adaptations

Films

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1908) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1912) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1913) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) The Head of Janus
The Head of Janus
(1920) Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde (1925) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) The Son of Dr. Jekyll
The Son of Dr. Jekyll
(1951) Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
(1953) The Daughter of Dr. Jekyll
The Daughter of Dr. Jekyll
(1957) The Doctor's Horrible Experiment (1959) The Ugly Duckling (1959) My Friend, Dr. Jekyll
My Friend, Dr. Jekyll
(1960) The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960) The Nutty Professor
The Nutty Professor
(1963) Karutha Rathrikal
Karutha Rathrikal
(1967) Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde
Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde
(1971) I, Monster (1971) Dr. Jekyll y el Hombre Lobo (1972) Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde
Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde
(1976) Dr. Jekyll Likes Them Hot
Dr. Jekyll Likes Them Hot
(1979) Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype (1980) Docteur Jekyll et les femmes
Docteur Jekyll et les femmes
(1981) Chehre Pe Chehra (1981) Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again
Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again
(1982) Edge of Sanity (1989) Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde
Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde
(1995) Mary Reilly (1996) The Nutty Professor
The Nutty Professor
(1996) The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
(2003) Van Helsing
Van Helsing
(2004) The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
(2006) The Mummy (2017)

Animation

The Impatient Patient
The Impatient Patient
(1942) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse
(1947) Motor Mania
Motor Mania
(1950) Dr. Jerkyl's Hide (1954) Hyde and Hare (1955) Hyde and Go Tweet
Hyde and Go Tweet
(1960) Mad Monster Party?
Mad Monster Party?
(1967) Mad Mad Mad Monsters (1972) The Pagemaster
The Pagemaster
(1994) The Strange Case of Dr. Jiggle and Mr. Sly (2004) Van Helsing: The London Assignment (2004) The Monster of Phineas-n-Ferbenstein
The Monster of Phineas-n-Ferbenstein
(2008) Hotel Transylvania
Hotel Transylvania
(2012)

Video games

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1988) Jekyll and Hyde (2001) Van Helsing
Van Helsing
(2004)

Music

"Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive" (1983) "Bubba Hyde" (1995) Jekyll and Hyde (2003) Jekyll & Hyde en Español (2004)

Theatre

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1887) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1888) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Or a Mis-Spent Life
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Or a Mis-Spent Life
(1897) Jekyll & Hyde (1990)

Television

Julia Jekyll and Harriet Hyde (1995–1998) Jekyll (2007) Once Upon a Time (2011–present) Penny Dreadful (2014–2016) Jekyll and Hyde (2015)

Comics

Mister Hyde (introduced 1963) Batman: Two Faces (1998) The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
(1999–present)

Novels

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
(1824) Knots and Crosses
Knots and Crosses
(1987) Mary Reilly (1990)

Radio

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)

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Jerry Lewis

Films directed

The Bellboy (1960) The Ladies Man
The Ladies Man
(1961) The Errand Boy
The Errand Boy
(1961) The Nutty Professor
The Nutty Professor
(1963) The Patsy (1964) The Family Jewels (1965) Three on a Couch
Three on a Couch
(1966) The Big Mouth
The Big Mouth
(1967) One More Time (1970) Which Way to the Front?
Which Way to the Front?
(1970) The Day the Clown Cried
The Day the Clown Cried
(1972) Hardly Working (1980) Cracking Up (1983)

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