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Behind the Scenes: Jerry Lewis' 'Holocaust Clown' Movie

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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.

Legend has it that the only surviving copy of The Day the Clown Cried is locked in a vault, a casualty of international legal disputes and Lewis' legendary perfectionism and/or Percodan dependency.

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.