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More of Jerry Lewis’ Holocaust Comedy Surfaces
The Tablet ^ | January 6, 2014 | Stephanie Butnick

Posted on 01/06/2014 12:15:19 PM PST by nickcarraway

These 25 minutes of footage and interviews are the last of it, we’re promised

Remember Jerry Lewis’ never-released Holocaust film? The one about the German-Jewish clown sent to Auschwitz (!) to entertain children as they’re sent to the gas chamber (!)? The grotesque comedic rendering of concentration camp life in which—spoiler alert—Lewis’ clown decides to voluntarily enter the gas chambers himself could have been the stuff of cinematic urban legend—Lewis told the New Yorker the film would never see the light of day—but thanks to the Internet it’s very, very real.

The 1972 film, The Day the Clown Cried, which Spy magazine called “the most notorious cinematic miscue in history,” began seeping out to the masses this summer, thanks to a YouTube user who posted from a clip of the film which aired as part of a Flemish documentary in 1972. Now, Slate reports, two more clips have surfaced on YouTube—another clip from the film (from the same documentary), and footage of Lewis discussing the film in an interview.

The good news is that Slate assures us the two clips are the last remaining footage from the film. So you’ll never have to watch it—or think about it, even—again. For now, though, here they are:


TOPICS: Humor; TV/Movies; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: auschwitz; cinema; film; holocaust; jerrylewis; movies; nazi; nazis; thedaytheclowncried
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To: Zhang Fei

So is Jerry Lewis.


21 posted on 01/06/2014 1:09:50 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Mr. K

You are right. Lewis intended this to be a serious movie, the one that would finally get him the critical acclaim and awards he thought he deserved.


22 posted on 01/06/2014 1:14:13 PM PST by GrootheWanderer
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To: GrootheWanderer

Lewis deserved more acclaim for “The King of Comedy.”


23 posted on 01/06/2014 1:17:46 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

This past year I lost a friend, Johann ‘John’ Bos. He was 88 and the sole survivor of his family and his wife, Julia, had survived internment at Theresienstadt.

http://www.sacbee.com/2013/03/22/5283557/obituary-johannes-bos-holocaust.html

John had an outstanding sense of dark humor and treated me to some of the funniest Holocaust humor. Coming from anyone else it would seem insensitive but coming from him you could see it was cathartic and I would not have denied it to him.


24 posted on 01/06/2014 2:17:59 PM PST by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
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To: dfwgator

Lewis was brilliant in that movie.


25 posted on 01/06/2014 2:57:21 PM PST by karnage
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To: Mr. K
It would be horrible beyond belief to have to entertain children before they are killed. I dont think Lewis meant this to be a light-hearted look at concentration camps.

I think you are absolutely correct. I obviously haven't seen the film, but the criticism of it sounds suspiciously politically-correct. One just doesn't mention the Holocaust, does one.

26 posted on 01/06/2014 4:13:21 PM PST by BfloGuy ( Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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