Day The Clown Cried May Be Screened

One of the most infamous unreleased films may finally be seen one day – Jerry Lewis’ Holocaust drama “The Day The Clown Cried”.

The bleak film has Lewis playing a German circus clown arrested by the Gestapo after making fun of Adolf Hitler. He is soon forced by the Nazis to use his performance to help lead Jewish children to the gas chamber.

The legendary comedian has long been sitting on the only copy of the movie that is said to exist – a film he’s previously been embarrassed about. More recently he’s changed his mind somewhat, but remains resolute that the film – which had production and financial troubles – will never be screened publicly. He did say in 2013 that it could work if it were tweaked a bit.

Today, The Los Angeles Times reports that the U.S. Library Of Congress has just received a collection of Lewis’ work from the man himself, including “The Day The Clown Cried”. There’s one caveat though – the film can not be screened for another decade.

Time to mark this off in your 2025 film festival calendars.