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The Nutty Professor
Director: Jerry Lewis (Dir)
Release Date:   1963
Premiere Information:   Houston opening: 4 Jun 1963
Duration (in mins):   107
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Cast:   Jerry Lewis (Prof. Julius F. Kelp/Buddy Love)  
    Stella Stevens (Stella Purdy)  
    Del Moore (Dr. Hamius Warfield)  
    Kathleen Freeman (Millie Lemmon)  
    Med Flory    
    Norman Alden    
    Skip Ward (Football players)  
    Howard Morris (Father Kelp)  
    Elvia Allman (Mother Kelp)  
    Milton Frome (Dr. Leevee)  
    Buddy Lester (Bartender)  
    Marvin Kaplan (English boy)  
    David Landfield    
    Julie Parrish    
    Henry Gibson (College students)  
    Les Brown & His Band    
    Dave Willock (Bartender)  
    Doodles Weaver (Rube)  
    Mushy Callahan (Cab driver)  
    Gavin Gordon (Salesman clothier)  
    Celeste Yarnall    
    Francine York (Students)  
    Joe Forte (Faculty member)  
    Terry Higgins (Cigarette girl)  
    Murray Alper (Judo instructor)  
    Gary Lewis    

Summary: Eccentric maladroit Prof. Julius Kelp often gets into trouble with the dean of the large university where he teaches chemistry because his experiments frequently result in the demolition of his laboratory. Wishing to impress Stella Purdy, a beautiful student sympathetic to his difficulties, Kelp tries gym exercises and chemical formulas to improve his appearance. He stumbles on to a mixture that transforms him into singer Buddy Love, a swaggering, handsome bully; and in that personality, he tries to make love to Stella, who is alternately repelled and fascinated. Whenever the effect of the potion wears off, however, he must dash to his laboratory lest he change back to Professor Kelp. At the senior prom, where Kelp is ordered to act as chaperon and is also slated to appear as Buddy Love, the formula wears off during Buddy's number, and his personality reverts to that of the professor. Stella realizes that Buddy is really Professor Kelp and confesses that she has always preferred the quiet, sensitive professor to brash Buddy Love. The two make plans to be married. 

Production Company: Jerry Lewis Enterprises  
Production Text: A Jerry Lewis Production
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures  
Director: Jerry Lewis (Dir)
  Ralph Axness (Asst dir)
  Bill Poole (Asst dir)
  Jack Barry (Asst dir)
Producer: Ernest D. Glucksman (Prod)
  Arthur P. Schmidt (Assoc prod)
Writer: Jerry Lewis (Scr)
  Bill Richmond (Scr)
Photography: W. Wallace Kelley (Dir of photog)
  Kyme Meade (Cam op)
  James Grant (Asst cam)
  Richard Mueller (Col cons)
Art Direction: Hal Pereira (Art dir)
  Walter Tyler (Art dir)
Film Editor: John Woodcock (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Sam Comer (Set dec)
  Robert R. Benton (Set dec)
Costumes: Edith Head (Cost des)
  Sy Devore (Men's ward)
  Nat Wise (Men's ward)
  Ruth Stella (Ward)
  Jim George (Ward)
Music: Walter Scharf (Mus)
  Les Brown & His Band (Played by)
Sound: Hugo Grenzbach (Sd)
  Charles Grenzbach (Sd)
Special Effects: Paul K. Lerpae (Spec photog eff)
Make Up: Wally Westmore (Makeup supv)
  Jack Stone (Makeup)
  Nellie Manley (Hairstyles)
  Agnes Flanagan (Hairstyles)
Production Misc: William C. Davidson (Prod mgr)
  Hal Bell (Asst prod mgr)
  Dorothy Yutzi (Scr supv)
  Martin Pendleton (Scr supv)
  Marshall Katz (Asst to the prod)
  Marvin Weldon (Dial dir)
  Sterling Smith (Stills)
  Ed Morse (Casting dir)
Country: United States
Language: English

Songs: "We've Got a World That Swings," words and music by Louis Y. Brown and Lil Mattis.
Composer: Louis Y. Brown
  Lil Mattis

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Jerry Lewis Enterprises 4/6/1963 dd/mm/yyyy LP25315

Physical Properties: col: Technicolor
  Sd:

 
Genre: Comedy
 
Subjects (Major): College life
  Deans
  Personality change
  Eccentrics
  Experiments
  Professors
  Self-confidence
  Singers

Note: Location scenes were filmed at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, using members of the student body as extras. In 1996, Universal released a remake of the film, also titled The Nutty Professor . Based on the screenplay by Jerry Lewis and Bill Richmond, the film was directed by Tom Shadyac and starred Eddie Murphy and Jada Pinkett Smith. Lewis served as an executive producer on the 1996 film as well as on its 2000 sequel, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps , which was directed by Peter Segal and starred Murphy and Janet Jackson. In Jun 2006, Lewis announced that he would be producing and directed a Broadway musical based on the 1963 film and that it would star unknown actor Michael Andrews. As of 2010, the project remained unproduced.
       The Nutty Professor marked the feature film debut of actor-comedian Henry Gibson (1935--2009), who appeared in numerous films and television programs throughout his career, including the popular satirical television series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In , on which he was a regular from 1968--1971. 

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