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5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best of Jerry Lewis (as a comedy act)
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...
Published on 1 Jun 2008 by Lou Knee

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3.0 out of 5 stars Jerry Lewis Almost Under Control
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...
Published on 22 Mar 2004 by Peter Kenney


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5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best of Jerry Lewis (as a comedy act), 1 Jun 2008
This review is from: The Nutty Professor (Special Edition) [DVD] [1963] (DVD)
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Jerry Lewis Almost Under Control, 22 Mar 2004
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Peter Kenney (Birmingham, Alabama, USA) - See all my reviews
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Jeykll & Hyde comedy, 19 May 2003
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Comedy, 19 May 2003
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars THE COMIC GENIUS THAT IS 'JERRY LEWIS', 5 Oct 2014
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rbmusicman (U.K) - See all my reviews
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for the young and the not so young... in rich colour..., 8 Oct 2009
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This review is from: The Nutty Professor (Special Edition) [DVD] [1963] (DVD)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Louis Stevenson's story stripped bare., 18 April 2013
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Nutty Professor (Special Edition) [DVD] [1963] (DVD)
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Nutty Professor, DVD, Jerry Lewis., 17 April 2009
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D. Weaver (Wales. U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Nutty Professor (Special Edition) [DVD] [1963] (DVD)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Well pleased., 26 Feb 2010
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My wife had wanted a copy of this film for a long time, since eary VCR days. We could not find it in any shop or video store. I recently bought a new cellphone giving me internet access so I was able to try Amazon, and YES, there was the movie, in stock from a remote vendor, on DVD, described accurately as 'excellent condition' and at a great price. Easy. My wife was delighted with her surprise gift. She, Maureen, loves Jerry Lewis in this film, hilarious she says. He does indeed do a good job with a wacky script. To my surprise I enjoyed the movie too. I can't imagine anyone other than Jerry Lewis making it work so well.Tommau.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a ride!, 15 Sep 2003
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Kurt A. Johnson (Marseilles, IL USA) - See all my reviews
Professor Julius Kelp (played by Jerry Lewis) is a brilliant, if nerdy, chemistry professor at a small college. Tired of being mistreated by larger men and disregarded by beautiful women, he decides that he can use his knowledge of chemistry to improve himself. His experiment goes awry when an experimental formula turns this meek and mild dweeb into a bold, abusive and startlingly handsome lounge lizard--Buddy Love. When the formula shows an alarming tendency to destabilize at awkward moments, Kelp must try to keep his split personalities separate, as the object of his dreams, the delectable Stella Purdy (Stella Stevens), seems within his grasp. However, Miss Purdy's experience with the vain Buddy convinces her that he may not be her dream man after all, and that a better man might be a gentle chemistry professor!
This is one of my favorite movies. Yes, there's no serious social commentary here, and the comedy is rather low, but what a ride! This movie is clean, and can be watched by the whole family (which I appreciate). The humor is quite quirky, which makes this movie fun to watch over and over again. This is another movie that I recommend for all families.
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