Footage Unearthed of Long Lost Jerry Lewis Holocaust Movie ‘The Day the Clown Cried’

By Will Ashton


Of all the long lost Hollywood movie legends, easily one of the most fascinating is Jerry Lewis’ Holcaust movie The Day the Clown Cried. Starring and directed by Lewis, the movie has only been seen by few, as Lewis has kept the film very exclusive. But today, some footage of the lost film has been unearthed.

Badass Digest were the ones that were able to find the below clip, which is a German-based behind-the-scenes look at Lewis filming a sequence from the film. To date, it’s the most footage to ever be released of the film.

Check it out below:

For those unaware of the story, you should definitely look it up on Wikipedia. But, to give a quick synopsis, in 1972, Lewis set out to make a movie that would be centered on a washed-up German circus clown who, after mocking Hitler in a bar, is imprisoned in a concentration camp. For the next three to four years, he tries to keep his spirits up by bragging to the other inmates about what a great performer he was in the day. The film ends with Lewis’ character having to lead a group of children into the gas chamber, where he gives his last great performance.

So…yeah. That’s the plot. I’m not making any of it up. The production of the film was challenged, to say the least, with producer Nathan Wachsberger running out of money before completing the film, forcing Lewis to pay for the remaining production out of his own pocket, to various issues halting the release of the final film.

It seems very unlikely that the film will be released in Lewis’ lifetime, as he is still, to this day, very adamant about having the film seen by the public. Below is a clip of Lewis talking about the film just earlier this year.

Some people say that we’ll never end up seeing the film. But I feel like there’s a possibility that the film will get released after Lewis passes away. Hopefully, that won’t be too soon, but I won’t be surprised to see this thing pop up on the internet some day.

For now, however, here’s another clip from behind-the-scenes, which, until today, was the only look at the production we had.


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