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The Nutty Professor [DVD] [1963]
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2008
Lewis directed and co-wrote this entertaining version of Jeckyl and Hyde. The story still hadn't been explored at every level on the screen, and Lewis devised a good scenario from which to forge a comedy narrative about a nerd chemistry teacher who has no luck with women etc, suddenly being converted into a super cool, ultra confident alter ego who has no trouble with anything in life when he drinks a special potion he (as the nerd scientist) developed. It is slapstick mingled with sentiment, and delivered in Lewis' goofiest, daffiest style. It should be pretty appalling then, and does actually veer quite close to be being so on occasion, but the vibrance of Lewis' energetic performance, the brilliance of the contrast between his two polar alter egos, and the sultry Stella Stevens as his muse make this an enjoyable experience. It isn't subtle and of course ends in a moralising tone, but if you want a pretty basic sort of laugh at some great physical humour and funny visuals then this could fit the bill. People do get sniffy about such obviously physical film comedians as Jerry Lewis and Norman Wisdom but take a look at a couple of scenes here for visual mastery and simple fun. This has to be Lewis at his best, whether you like his idiotic style or not, and this movie can even be seen as an 'I don't need Dean Martin' injoke, as he does seem to take on an uncanny resemblance to the glass holding crooner in his alter ego as Buddy Love. Has some great goofy lines in it as well such as 'Carbon Dioxide (voice changes to that of Buddy Love) has always been a gas.' Memorable film, a great twist on the story and very entertaining. DVD has some good extras too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 22 March 2004
THE NUTTY PROFESSOR is about an eccentric professor who discovers a liquid concoction which can transform him into a suave character in the style and manner of Dean Martin. For a Jerry Lewis film the antics are somewhat tame. Lewis plays the professor and Stella Stevens is his adoring student. The supporting cast includes Del Moore, Kathleen Freeman and Howard Morris.
The movie is saved by the acting and outstanding good looks of Miss Stevens. The Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde theme makes a decent story and the film also benefits from Jerry Lewis behaving as if he is almost under control.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 May 2003
1963’s comedy The Nutty Professor knocks its recent remake for six with a ‘career best’ performance from the world’s top box-office screen comic of the 1950s and 1960s, Jerry Lewis.
Lewis plays a nerdy chemistry professor who accidentally concocts a potion which magically transforms him into a smooth talking ladies man (Buddy Love) who starts to romance a beautiful student, played by Stella Stevens. The dual life of goofy accident-prone professor by day and smooth handsome lothario by night works a treat until the concoction begins to wear off at the most embarrassing times.
Lewis side-splitting portrayal of both timid professor and suave Ladies-man make this movie a must see for all the family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 May 2003
1963’s comedy The Nutty Professor knocks its recent remake for six with a ‘career best’ performance from the world’s top box-office screen comic of the 1950s and 1960s, Jerry Lewis.
Lewis plays a nerdy chemistry professor who accidentally concocts a potion which magically transforms him into a smooth talking ladies man (Buddy Love) who starts to romance a beautiful student, played by Stella Stevens. The dual life of goofy accident-prone professor by day and smooth handsome lothario by night works a treat until the concoction begins to wear off at the most embarrassing times. Things come to a hilarious head when Lewis’s Principle invites Buddy Love to perform at the school prom and then also orders the Professor to officiate at the event.
Lewis side-splitting portrayal of both timid professor and suave Ladies-man make this movie a must see for all the family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Professor Julius F Kelp(Jerry Lewis) teaches chemistry at college, he's prone to, lets say, accidents.
He's shy, lacks confidence and is often at the wrong end of ridicule, the more 'butch' students even
bully him from time to time, only 'Stella' (Stella Stevens) appears respectful toward him.
Of course a girl like that wouldn't give this bumbling excuse for a man a second look in romantic terms.
He grows weary of his predicament and has for some time been working on a formula to improve his
persona, he feels the time is right to give his formula a go.
The formula gives him a completely new image, he becomes confident suave and super-cool, somewhat
over the top and irritating in truth, at the local dance hall he takes over the music group performing and
at the piano starts singing, well, he wows the audience.
Getting the dosage level right becomes a problem, he'd singled out 'Stella' as a romantic target, on their
sort of first date the formula begins to wear off, his voice begins to change back, he has to escape.
How is he going to explain that to 'Stella' when he again becomes 'Buddy Love' next time.
The length of effectiveness increasingly means whilst performing or trying to be romantic and he begins
to revert to 'Julius' he has to disappear from his public, however in class 'Stella; is beginning to put 2 and
2 together, does he need to be 'Buddy' for people, more importantly 'Stella' to like and respect him ?
There are many laugh out loud moments throughout the film, Jerry Lewis's comic genius blossoms in
this movie.
Of course a more recent version to this 1963 comedy classic was made starring 'Eddie Murphy' for me
despite the advantage of it's special effects, the 1996 version doesn't come close to 'Jerry Lewis's' effort.
Saw this one many years ago, it had me in stitches, today, it's still incredibly funny.
A GOOD UPGRADE TO THE BLU-RAY FORMAT......* ON THIS FORMAT THE FILM IS AVAILABLE ON
THIS FORMAT AND CAN BE ORDERED AS AN IMPORT ON THE AMAZON WEB-SITE....GOOD NEWS
-THE FILM IS ''MULTI-REGION'
On -Board Documentary -
An in-depth documentary - Jerry Lewis - No Apologies.
An intimate look at an artist who has entertained and educated audiences for more than eight decades.
Commentary by Jerry Lewis and Steve Lawrence.
Documentaries - Featurettes - Deleted Scenes - Bloopers - Theatrical Trailers and More.
There is a second seller on the Amazon site for the Blu-ray(Import) currently on-sale for around £6 plus p& p
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Jerry Lewis stars, directs, produces and co-writes (with Bill Richmond) this comedy take on Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

The Nutty Professor is a film I adored as a child, and truth be told most of Jerry Lewis' films made a humorous mark in my spotty youth, but not many can now be viewed in adulthood and still tickle the rib cage with the same mirthful impact. The Nutty Professor still does to me now what it first did many many years ago.

Reading some of the reviews around the internet you can see some people going a bit deeper than is really necessary, yes there are some interesting things to delve into if you so wish, (beauty skin deep, the meek rising, be yourself, social acceptance issues etc etc) but ultimately it's a comedy spin on the Dr. Jekyll & Mr Hyde story with Jerry Lewis in sublime pratfall mode.

Lewis' reading of the "good & bad" side of one man is basically he expressing he himself, and he has great fun with both sides of the character. There's some very funny sequences along the way, reference Kelp's attempt at bulking up at the gym and jitterbugging at the dance, and all things build to the climax where common sense prevails as the heart strings get tugged and the smile lands firmly on the face. Joining Lewis in the froth broth as the love interest is Stella Stevens, who is not only socko sexy and gorgeous - splendidly attired in Edith Head's figure hugging costumes - she also proves to be great foil for both of Lewis' characterisations.

Awash with Technicolor and comic vibrancy, The Nutty Professor is a classic case of comedic film making done with invention and a sheer willingness to entertain. 9/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2009
This is an oldie from the sixties that always stuck in my mind, A.. because I like Jerry Lewis, but more importantly B...It was a really fun movie. Because of it's colour and form , it can transport one to a place full of richness and fantasy. I think this movie is great for lower teens and older folk who like and appreciate older movies. I'm not sure it would appeal to the more sophisticated tastes of the youth of today, who would probably find it very trivial, silly and old fashioned. It's a simple movie of Jekylle and Hyde. Basically, put in terms of a highschool teacher and his pupil and everything surrounds that setting and a nightclub. For it's time, Jerry Lewis looked very hot as Mr Hyde and does a pretty good second to Elvis! which will make some people cringe! There have been remakes of this movie, but to my mind this is like the old Disney movies.. the first are the best because of their richness of colour technology used in those days. The extra material was fun to watch also.
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on 22 July 2013
Jerry Lewis brings off an impressive comedy here as actor, co-writer and producer, an all-together rare accomplishment in itself.

The Stevenson Jekyl and Hyde allegorical formula is worked in a modern context with the hapless, eocentric professor (Kelp by name) of chemistry prompted to take another look at himself through the eyes of his detractors (his students in the main). Of diminutive stature and a faltering, high-pitched voice, he turns initially to the gymnasium in the hope of improving his physique. After some weeks at this (telescoped in the film to a few minutes) he seeks advice from the medical faculty in the university and decides instead to explore his knowledge of chemistry for a solution. Following a spell of experimentation he at last comes up with a liquid concoction which, when taken orally, has almost immediate, drastic results.

The evolved persona is a dashing, colourfully dressed and conceited individual with a natural musical talent who, in his transient state, forces himself on Stella, an impressionable blond student. But the transformation is, as we say, transient with a decreasing "life" span as time progresses, much as befalls the prototype from Stevenson. The full revelation of the deceit comes in a magnificent climax close to the end of the film. The end itself is not quite predictable either, but we leave that for the viewer to enjoy.

But, as with its prototype, this tale has a moral (several of them in fact), and not just limited to pricking the pompous pride lingering a little beneath the surface in some academics. I know, because I have been there!

A film that stands repeated watching and fully deserving of its 5 star rating in this receiver's opinion.
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on 13 December 2012
The Nutty professor the jerry Lewis
The worlds I would Used is fantasic peace of cinema 100% must see if you are a fan of comedy,
Lets just do a short comparsion with the remake
In the orginall
Film
Jerry Lewis Plays
a Charicter called
Professor kelp
Instead of a Charicter Nammed
Professor Sheman Klump In the remake
Lets start off by saying this Version of professor Is fair better than the remake by fair becuase It just seems like a more likeable charicter
and
In the remake The charicter Is Funny yes but not quite as good as he is in the orginall

The alter ego Buddy Love on the other hand is a Fair Better Charicter In the remake than he is in this version simply becuase he has more personallity.
dispite those differnces

I think the orginall Film Is a Much better film than the remake, Defently worth the watch and in my opoion, Its definley one of the more better films of 60's.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2009
This DVD of The Nutty Professor, with The great Jerry Lewis, in it. I ordered this on 16/02/09, for £14.95, worth every penny, he still makes me laugh out loud, even though this was made in 1963, the best of Jerry Lewis, he still the same today & still just as funny as ever. Would highly recommend this DVD for Kids & Adults alike.
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