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The Day the Clown Cried (1971/1972)
« on: July 16, 2012, 07:37:12 PM »
 - The Day the Clown Cried is an unfinished and unreleased 1972 film directed by and starring Jerry Lewis. It is based on a script of the same name[citation needed] by Joan O'Brien, who had co-written the original script with Charles Denton ten years previously. The film was met with controversy regarding its premise and content, which features a circus clown who is imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. The Day the Clown Cried has become somewhat infamous among film historians and movie buffs as a film that has never officially been released    [taken from Wikipedia]

has anyone else read about this? I find the film very interesting and would really like to see it. It's said that the only copy is locked in a vault and that only seven people have ever watched it. Harry Shearer [Spinal Tap, The Simpsons, etc] being one of the seven to have luckily seen it. He explained on The Howard Stern Show, that the film has a spooky way about it. There are many legends as to why it hasn't been released. A few of the supposed reasons, being that the film was financed by the Shah of Iran, and assets were seized including the negative of the print, also have read that finance just fell through and some crazy ones like the key to the vault which holds the film was swallowed by Dean Martin and he was buried with it lol Nonetheless, I would love to see this film and I am currently reading the script and it's really good so far. I'd say Lewis would have got a for sure Oscar nomination and possible win for this film. So far, the film subjects to giving off a very sad and lonely feeling


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Re: The Day the Clown Cried (1971/1972)
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2012, 08:31:05 PM »
I first heard about it 30 years ago in college. I've never read the script, but I've heard it's quite interesting.
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Re: The Day the Clown Cried (1971/1972)
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2012, 08:33:13 PM »
I've heard of it and it does sound very interesting. I'd love to see it.
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