If Jerry Lewis’s recent Special Academy Award for his humanitarian work piqued your interest in his creative work, you’ll be interested to learn of one of cinema’s great lost gems: The Day the Clown Cried. Jerry Lewis has supposedly kept the only copy of the print locked up in a safe, never to see release. The film is apparently an embarrassment to all involved, and the final script differs greatly from the original draft, which many feel is superior. Peruse the scripts, the profanity-laced history of the project, and the few publicly available clips, and decide for yourself.
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