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Sunday June 23rd 2024

The Nutty Professor | 1963

The Nutty Professor filming location: Matthews Center, Arizona State University, Tempe
The Nutty Professor location: Professor Kelp researches in the library: Matthews Center, Arizona State University, Tempe | Photograph: Wikimedia / Raymie

One for French cinéastes, a comic adaptation of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde with nerdy chemistry Prof Kelp (Jerry Lewis) metamorphosing into lounge lizard Buddy Love. The campus isn't named but you can see the letters ASU on many of the sets. It's Arizona State University, between First and Fifth Streets and Rural and Mill Avenues, downtown Tempe.

The science building is ASU's art deco Discovery Hall, 250 East Lemon Street. Formerly the agriculture building, this was indeed the home of the science department. When the department grew too large, a new centre was built and Discovery Hall is now home to classrooms for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Prof Kelp researches men and muscles at the Matthews Library, which is now the AJ Matthews Center, 950 South Cady Mall. Built in 1930 as the first library on campus, the Center now houses the School of Human Evolution and Social Change.

More recently, the university's Sun Devil Stadium featured in Jerry Maguire.

And did you recognise a young Richard Kiel (Jaws from The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker) as one of the towering bodybuilders in the gym?