The Day the Clown Cried script
Synopsis: The Day the Clown Cried is an unreleased 1972 American drama film directed by and starring Jerry Lewis. It is based on a script of the same name by Joan O'Brien, who had co-written the original script with Charles Denton ten years previously. The film was met with controversy regarding its premise and content, which features a circus clown who is imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. Lewis has repeatedly insisted that The Day the Clown Cried would never be released because it is an embarrassingly "bad work" that he is ashamed of.

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INT. CIRCUS ARENA - CLOSEUP RINGMASTER - NIGHT

RINGMASTER:

Ladies and gentlemen, we proudly

present ... "The Clowns"!

INT. CLOWN ALLEY - NIGHT

Helmut hangs back until the very last clown exits Clown

Alley, as we:

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INT. CIRCUS PROPER - NIGHT

The MUSIC is really going strong ... and the clowns come on

like all forty. They explode in the ring ... doing all

their bits and pieces which ultimately brings them back to

the entrance area they just came from and they make the

"West Point" arch for the TIMPANY DRUM ROLL and the grand

entrance of "Gustav" the Great.

CLOSER SHOT:

"Gustav" makes his famous comedy walk into the tent with the

longest pair of tails ever seen (at least 75 feet long) and

at the end holding them from dragging on the floor is

Helmut, the "Tramp Clown".

WIDER SHOT:

We see Gustav taking the applause, and it is tremendous. He

stops center of the ring, but Helmut keeps walking and

doesn't see the post in front of him as he walks around the

post, still holding the tails and goes on his butt, pulling

Gustav down as well. The audience screams with laughter,

believing this all part of the act, as we:

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. CLOWN ALLEY - NIGHT

All the clowns are sitting around their respective trunks

and there is a sense of gloom permeating the air, as Gustav

and MR. SCHMIDT pace back and forth behind Helmut, both

going at him unmercifully.

MR SCHMIDT:

(in the middle of his tirade)

Not to mention how

unprofessional that was ...

HELMUT:

But it was an accident ...

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Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis AM (born Joseph Levitch; March 16, 1926) is an American actor, comedian, singer, film producer, film director, screenwriter, humanitarian and innovator. He is known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He and Dean Martin were partners as the hit popular comedy duo of Martin and Lewis. Following that success, he was a solo star in film, nightclubs, television, concert stages and musicals. Lewis served as national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and host of the live Labor Day broadcast of the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon for 40 years. more…

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