Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Jerry Lewis: Footage of “Day Clown Cried” Surfaces Again, Same as Three Years Ago


Lots of excitement yesterday. Footage of Jerry Lewis’s “The Day The Clown Cried” surfaced on YouTube.

People have short memories. This happened three years ago, too.

Lewis had it pulled down then, and I’m sure it will get yanked once more.

Lewis told me last year that no matter how often this happens, he has the final reel locked away. No one will ever see it. Or maybe they’ll see it fifty years after he’s dead.

About it never being released, he said: “It’s bad work. The director did bad work,” Lewis said. meaning Lewis himself. When I told him that someone tried to release clips from it last year, he scoffed. “It’s never coming out,” he said. End of story. “I have the last 400 feet [of film] in a vault.”

I don’t get it. The man has said the movie should not be released. Jerry Lewis has made a lot of great movies. The decision is his. But someone out there won’t give up.

Here’s what was cobbled together this time:

The Day the Clown Cried edit from Kay Brown on Vimeo.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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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