Home Celebrity Jerry Lewis Lost Footage of “Buried” Film “The Day the Clown Cried”

Jerry Lewis never wanted anyone to see “The Day The Clown Cried.” But now footage has surfaced of Jerry directing this lost “buried” film. It was about a clown sent to Auschwitz who had to entertain the children. Does it sound familiar? Roberto Benigni’s “Life is Beautiful” won that actor-director an Oscar for his work, which was highly praised. The film was shot in 1972 and intended for release the next year. But Lewis pulled it back and vowed no one would ever see it. This footage was uploaded to YouTube by a Flemish website.

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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