Skip to comments.Footage of Controversial, Unreleased 1970s Jerry Lewis Film Turns Up on YouTube
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.
(Excerpt) Read more at theblaze.com ...
He is a hero in France.
Viva la.. Oh, nevermind.
The film has dutch subtitles.
This is the Holy Grail of bad Cinema.
Cancel my post! Wrong Jerry Lewis. 02 starved brain.
Hmmmmmm, very interesting I’m going to have to check this one out.
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
Now, I REALLY want to see Jerry LEE Lewis starring in “The Day the Clown Cried.”
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.
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.
THere’s a joke I could make about “A Whole Lot a Shaking Going On,” but it would probably send me straight to hell.
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.
She makes me feel real loose, like a long necked goose!
“Just because they love Jerry Lewis in France, does that make him funny?”
All the more reason for the French to heap even more adoration on this “comedian”.
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.
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.
Careful it is only Tuesday, too early to start zoning out :)
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.
“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 dont get it.”
Derision to the point of irrelevance is one form of revenge.
Lewis was a brilliant physical comedian and gifted and innovative film director. The cheap jokes at his expense are baffling.
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.....
Sophies Choice was a bigger downer to me.
So, not necessary to have a sense of humour to appreciate Jerry Lewis
Perhaps this a secret plot by Lewis to drum up interest for an eventual release?
“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?
Spare me! I can’t stand Jerry Lewis!!!
Wow! Thanks for the link.
Talk about inappropriate casting...
Thanks Perdogg. “The Day the Clown Died” would make a good title for a documentary about the eventual death of Jimmy Carter.
Some of these related vids are from two years ago.
Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin:
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.
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