Only a few years ago, news that footage of Jerry Lewis’ legendary lost film The Day the Clown Cried had been unearthed and then posted on the internet would’ve sent me into a day-long movie-geek freakout.
Judging by the avalanche of online reaction, there are still some folks eager to view even short scenes from this infamous 1971 mess-terpiece.
I’m just not one of them.
He recently reiterated what he’s maintained for decades:
The movie will never be released to the public.
Oh, come on, you’re thinking. Sure, this is a Jerry Lewis movie we’re talking about, but how bad can it be?
Well, it’s about a clown in a Nazi concentration camp who leads children, Pied-Piper-style, into the gas chambers.
So there’s that.