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carry on cabby
- kevin sellers
Some good zingers (if you can understand Limey, that is) but taken all in all I find this, as I do all Carry On films, about at the same level as the 3 Stooges. Solid C.
"Did anybody ever tell ya, ... "
- Jeff Boston
"ya have a Cary Grant kind of look?" Love Love's line to Dean Warfield, whom predates Dean Wormer by 15 years. Put the deep-voiced, muttering prof and smooth and outwardly confident Buddy together and you get forties cool Hump Bogart (the prof even sounds like Bogie). It was cool seeing James Bond's "Jaws" in the gym, with it's blood red carpet, no less. The morning after too much imbibing scene was cool, too, and the perpetual positive point that "you minus well like yourself; just think of all the time you'll have to spend with yourself" will always be cool. LIke Stella Stevens will always be hot. The "one kitten that won't be smitten" could turn any Dr. Jekyll into a Mr. Hyde with her intoxicating assets and likeability.
- kevin sellers
It's one half of a great film. I mean, let's be honest, folks. We sit rather impatiently through the sophomoric Prof. Kelp stuff to get to the darkly fascinating Buddy Love stuff. And one half of a great film is a solid B where I come from. P.S. The use of color in the Buddy Love/Pit sequences is brilliant in both senses of the word. Credit set decorator Sam Comer and art director Hal Pereira, although I'm sure Lewis had considerable input.
I guess ya gotta be French
I have never thought that Jerry Lewis was the least bit funny. There was never a trace of warmth in him. There was always a dark, narcissistic, malevolent, sneering arrogance that projected from him. That's probably why the French liked him so much, he reminded them of themselves.
What is everyone talking about?
Just saw this movie for the first time as part of TCM's Jerry Lewis tribute. It was awful. I was excited to see it, but didn't even crack a smile. The pacing was terrible. The first half hour seemed to last three days. People say this is Lewis' best film. Whaaaat!?!?!? Please tell me what was the funniest part.
Pure Comedy Classic for All Time!
- Rick Farmiloe
This is Jerry Lewis's hands down Masterpiece! Originally thought to be a swipe at ex-partner, Dean Martin, Buddy Love was actually a composite of every heel Jerry ever knew..and contained elements of the darker parts of his own personality. Jerry put it all together for this film. Superb direction, and writing from Jerry and longtime writing partner, Bill Richmond. Nerdish, Professor Kelp is possibly Jerry's best known character. His alter ego, Buddy Love is one of the most memorable characters in any comedy of any era. Stella Stevens is perfect as his love interest, and members of his stock company, Kathleen Freeman and Del Moore are wonderful as well. Jerry was a great filmmaker as well as being one of the screen's greatest comics. He was never better than this!! His genius is in full evidence. Hands down one of the greatest screen comedies from one of the greatest comedians who ever graced the silver screen. "Have some, baby?"
The Nutty Professor
- Michael Whitty
Jerry Lewis did it all in this one as he played a Jeckyl-Hyde character as a timid chemistry professor by day and a suave man-about-town character "Buddy Love" by night. Jerry Lewis, who recently died, always had some great flair to his crazy comedy and "Nutty Professor" had more of his depth than usual. Here, when they come around for the prom dance, Buddy Love later turns into the Professor as the chemical effect wears off at the wrong time. But Jerry's character detail was amazing in this comedy.
The Nutty Professor
Lewis' best-known film. Lewis plays a timid professor who uncovers a secret formula that unleashes his sleazy, Dean Martin-like personality, Buddy Love. The Jekyll-and-Hyde story is funny, with some raw, uncomfortable scenes with Lewis as Buddy; but in the end he learns to accept that he has both a good and dark side. Hilarious, engaging and quietly amazing. I give it a 4/5.
The Nutty Professor
I give this movie five stars I think this movie is an American classic. Jerry Lewis is a comic genus just absolutely brilliant.
- Mrs. Debra Reeves
This movie by Jerry Lewis is so great - what great way to help you have a better day when you're feeling down. He sure can make you laugh.
Jerry Lewis' Best
- Big Ren
A contemporary comedy movie fan might find this type of humor much too subtle, slapstick or just completely miss the clever hilarity altogether. The Les Brown and His Band of Renown soundtrack and the bands appearance in the movie are simply superb. Great music that never goes out of style. Ernest T. Bass (Howard Morris) is a hoot as Mr. Kelp, Sr. along with other actors that became common faces after this movie. After being anesthetized by most of today's movie comedy, it may be necessary to watch this movie more than once to enjoy its full flavor.
Dated and very much an acquired taste
Jerry Lewis is, as TCM notes in the main article, an acquired taste. This movie is no exception, since he plays the buck-toothed nerd (rather over-the-top, as is his wont) once again. This one smells of an aggressive narcissism, difficult to put one's finger on, but it's there. Lewis plays two characters, directed the movie, and was responsible for so many of its details that one has to think that he thought of it as his masterpiece.Now...that is funny.
IT DOES NOT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS.JERRY LEWIS SET THE TREND FOR OTHERS TO FOLLOW IN THIS FILM.I HAVE ALWAYS ENJOYED WATCHING IT.