Even if you’ve seen every single movie featuring legendary comedian Jerry Lewis, it’s almost a guarantee that there’s one you haven’t seen. In 1972, Lewis directed and starred in a film called The Day the Clown Cried, a movie that sees the comedian playing a German circus clown arrested after mocking Hitler. While imprisoned by the Gestapo, he is forced by the Nazis to perform and help lead Jewish children to concentration camp gas chambers.
Based on that premise alone, you can see why the film never saw the light of day. But beyond that, the production ran into trouble behind the scenes, and the few who ever saw a rough cut have said that it was an absolute disaster. Don’t worry if this is the first you’re hearing of the project, because the BBC has just released a 28-minute documentary that dives into the story of the infamous film. Read More »
In the early ’70s, Jerry Lewis directed and starred in The Day the Clown Cried, which would go on to become of the most notorious “lost” films in cinema history. In fact the film isn’t really lost — it exists, and Lewis has a copy. Harry Shearer is among the very few people that claim to have seen it, and Lewis says it will never, ever be released.
But this isn’t just a Jerry Lewis movie. It’s the Jerry Lewis Holocaust movie, where he plays a German clown arrested for ragging on Hitler, and who ends up in a concentration camp for political prisoners before being shipped to Auschwitz. There he’s used to lead kids into the gas chamber, and Lewis finally joins the kids inside the room, giving his last performance . That’s some seriously dark, weird stuff, and it is reportedly even weirder to watch than it sounds. According to Shearer, the idea may have been to release it in a string of family-oriented theaters that Lewis owned at the time.
The movie has been completely suppressed over the years, with varying reasons given for its disappearance. But now some new behind the scenes footage has shown up online, and it’s probably as much of the movie as you’ll ever see. Check it out below. Read More »