Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis’ Unseen Holocaust Comedy Brought To Light

01/13/2016 - 08:58

It’s probably the most famous movie that no one has ever seen.

In 1972 Jerry Lewis, then at the zenith of his international popularity as a comedian and director, adapted a decade-old script, directing and starring in “The Day The Clown Cried,” the fictional story of a Jewish clown in a Nazi concentration camp. Most of the filming took place in Sweden.

Lewis in YouTube clip of “The Day the Clown Cried.” Courtesy of Richard Latto

Unearthing Jerry Lewis's Holocaust Film

Jerry Lewis is known as a lighthearted slapstick comedian, and also for his charity work to fight muscular dystrophy. Few know him as the director of a Holocaust film so notorious, no clip has ever seen the light of day -- until now.

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