the nutty professor

In honor of Blaine's birthday...

the year: 1963

the genre: jerry lewis comedy (really it's own category)

the cast: Jerry Lewis (Professor Julius Kelp/Buddy Love); Stella Stevens (Stella Purdy); Del Moore (Dr. Hamius R. Warfield); Kathleen Freeman (Millie Lemmon)

the plot: 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 egomaniac - and in that personality, he tries to woo Stella.

watch for: Kathleen Freeman and Del Moore - they were favorites of Jerry Lewis and co-starred in many of his films.

listen for: "What'll it be? Hmmmmm?"

count: how many times Professor Kelp's pocketwatch falls in the fish tank.

extra bonus points: if you know the ingredients for an Alaskan Polar Bear Heater.

don't miss: Professor Kelp's smooth moves at the dance. I've often wondered if this is what inspired my favorite scene from Napoleon Dynamite.

also listen for: "Hiya, chicky baby."


Laney said...

His dancing at the end is one of my favorite parts. "well zip and I'm gone!" And how his feet squeek, not his shoes!

Millie Motts said...

Answer: According to Buddy Love, these are the ingredients for an Alaskan Polar Bear Heater: 2 shots vodka, 1 shot rum, 1 shot vermouth, 1 shot brandy, 1 shot gin, 1 shot scotch, a dash of bitters, a smidgen of vinegar, a lemon peel, an orange peel and a cherry. Mix it well and pour it into a tall glass.