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Footage of Controversial, Unreleased 1970s Jerry Lewis Film Turns Up on YouTube
The Blaze ^ | 08.12.13

Posted on 08/13/2013 7:50:57 AM PDT by Perdogg

The 1972 film “The Day the Clown Cried” was apparently such a disaster that it never saw the light of day, except for among a few people. Even decades later, actor and comedian Jerry Lewis, who directed and starred in it, said at the Cannes film festival this year “no-one will ever see it” because he is “embarrassed” by it.

But then over the weekend, rare scenes from the making of the film seem to have cropped up on YouTube.

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1 posted on 08/13/2013 7:50:57 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: DollyCali; Perdogg; EveningStar; Borges; Mr. K; Blondie; altura; mylife; Mama_Bear; Jack Deth; ...

ping


2 posted on 08/13/2013 7:52:08 AM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Paul 2016)
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To: Perdogg

He is a hero in France.


3 posted on 08/13/2013 7:53:08 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Resolute Conservative

Viva la.. Oh, nevermind.


4 posted on 08/13/2013 7:53:57 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (sue the DNC for the IRS abuse! Can RICO laws be used against the DNC?)
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To: Resolute Conservative

The film has dutch subtitles.


5 posted on 08/13/2013 7:54:03 AM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Paul 2016)
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To: Perdogg

This is the Holy Grail of bad Cinema.


6 posted on 08/13/2013 7:54:22 AM PDT by fhayek
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To: fhayek

http://youtu.be/IJai18eys0M


7 posted on 08/13/2013 7:55:53 AM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Paul 2016)
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To: Perdogg; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
Is she in it?


8 posted on 08/13/2013 7:56:03 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Resolute Conservative
Jerry's youngest child went to the same Baptist private school as my child. One day for show and tell he came to the class and played "A Whole Lot a Shaking Going On" on the piano
9 posted on 08/13/2013 8:00:17 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (")
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To: Resolute Conservative

Cancel my post! Wrong Jerry Lewis. 02 starved brain.


10 posted on 08/13/2013 8:03:02 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (")
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To: Perdogg

Hmmmmmm, very interesting I’m going to have to check this one out.


11 posted on 08/13/2013 8:03:29 AM PDT by erod (I'm a Chicagoan till Chicago ends...)
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To: Perdogg

If you are unfamiliar with it....the details of this film are mind-blowingly surreal. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_the_Clown_Cried


12 posted on 08/13/2013 8:04:33 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Coldwater Creek

Now, I REALLY want to see Jerry LEE Lewis starring in “The Day the Clown Cried.”


13 posted on 08/13/2013 8:04:49 AM PDT by dangus (Poverty cannot be eradicated as long as the poor remain dependent on the state - Pope Francis)
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To: Coldwater Creek

I was gonna say....this was a very strange film for a Jewish comic to make. Even stranger then to send his son to a private Baptist school.


14 posted on 08/13/2013 8:05:24 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Coldwater Creek

When the Jerry Lee Lewis film was in production, Mickey Rouke was being discussed as one of the possible actors for the lead. Some suit at the meeting was unclear on the film project and thought they were discussing Mickey Rourke as Jerry Lewis.


15 posted on 08/13/2013 8:06:03 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Coldwater Creek

THere’s a joke I could make about “A Whole Lot a Shaking Going On,” but it would probably send me straight to hell.


16 posted on 08/13/2013 8:06:31 AM PDT by dangus (Poverty cannot be eradicated as long as the poor remain dependent on the state - Pope Francis)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Years ago, I read the infamous Spy magazine article about this movie. The whole legend about it was so surreal.

Harry Shearer was one of the few who actually saw the whole movie, and his description of it made it sound so bizarre and wrong-headed.

Ever since reading that article, I wanted to see the movie so bad. This YouTube clip about the "making of" doesn't cut it.

I want to see Jerry the Clown leading the kids into the gas chamber, as I marvel at the idea that Jerry thought this scene was a good idea.

17 posted on 08/13/2013 8:09:53 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: a fool in paradise

She makes me feel real loose, like a long necked goose!


18 posted on 08/13/2013 8:12:23 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Perdogg

“Just because they love Jerry Lewis in France, does that make him funny?”


19 posted on 08/13/2013 8:14:21 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Perdogg

All the more reason for the French to heap even more adoration on this “comedian”.


20 posted on 08/13/2013 8:15:02 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Darksheare

I would consider it a greater compliment to be found funny in the U.K.

Never known a Brit who was not absolutely off his rocker at some level.


21 posted on 08/13/2013 8:15:35 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

It’s the wrong Jerry Lewis, but still..
The film itself is listed out there with such rare bad cinema as the Star Wars Christmas Special.


22 posted on 08/13/2013 8:18:19 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Coldwater Creek

Careful it is only Tuesday, too early to start zoning out :)


23 posted on 08/13/2013 8:21:23 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: dead

Maybe if you are a Jewish comic there is some sort of catharsis you experience when using Hitler as your subject matter. Mel Brooks, Seinfeld, Lewis, they all seem to do it. Have to say, I just don’t get it.


24 posted on 08/13/2013 8:21:39 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Perdogg

25 posted on 08/13/2013 8:22:44 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Just reading the description makes it sound like the most depressing movie since On The Beach.
26 posted on 08/13/2013 8:37:31 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“Maybe if you are a Jewish comic there is some sort of catharsis you experience when using Hitler as your subject matter. Mel Brooks, Seinfeld, Lewis, they all seem to do it. Have to say, I just don’t get it.”

Derision to the point of irrelevance is one form of revenge.


27 posted on 08/13/2013 9:00:36 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: catnipman; discostu; wideawake

Lewis was a brilliant physical comedian and gifted and innovative film director. The cheap jokes at his expense are baffling.


28 posted on 08/13/2013 9:29:29 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

Hey, if a thread about a guy who began his career as a Borscht Belt comic don’t give us license to let the cheap jokes fly.....


29 posted on 08/13/2013 9:58:15 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: KarlInOhio

Sophies Choice was a bigger downer to me.


30 posted on 08/13/2013 12:57:02 PM PDT by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: Borges
The cheap jokes at his expense are baffling.

So, not necessary to have a sense of humour to appreciate Jerry Lewis

31 posted on 08/13/2013 3:34:31 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the blind obedience of fools - Solon, Lawmaker of Athens)
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Perhaps this a secret plot by Lewis to drum up interest for an eventual release?


32 posted on 08/13/2013 4:39:58 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy; Perdogg; fieldmarshaldj; NFHale

“Perhaps this a secret plot by Lewis to drum up interest for an eventual release?”

My first thought, actually. The guy’s 87...what’s he got to lose?


33 posted on 08/13/2013 4:46:34 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Time to musk up.)
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To: Perdogg

Spare me! I can’t stand Jerry Lewis!!!


34 posted on 08/13/2013 4:47:41 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
If you are unfamiliar with it....the details of this film are mind-blowingly surreal. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_the_Clown_Cried

Wow! Thanks for the link.

Talk about inappropriate casting...

35 posted on 08/13/2013 4:55:59 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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Thanks Perdogg. “The Day the Clown Died” would make a good title for a documentary about the eventual death of Jimmy Carter.


36 posted on 08/14/2013 3:40:00 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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Some of these related vids are from two years ago.

https://www.youtube.com/results?q=The+Day+the+Clown+Cried&oe=utf-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=w1


37 posted on 08/14/2013 3:41:20 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Perdogg

Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jiwmnfp4MIo

“Je t’aime”


38 posted on 08/14/2013 4:31:27 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Maybe if you are a Jewish comic there is some sort of catharsis you experience when using Hitler as your subject matter. Mel Brooks, Seinfeld, Lewis, they all seem to do it. Have to say, I just don’t get it.

Saw an interviw with Brooks where he talks about that - you make your enemies less scary/break any power they have over you by mocking them. Hitler was the biggest single enemy the Jewish people have ever had, and so he's a natural target for them to tear down.

39 posted on 08/14/2013 4:35:31 AM PDT by kevkrom (It's not "immigration reform", it's an "amnesty bill". Take back the language!)
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