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.

GUSTAV:

Oh, sure it was ... A very well

planned and calculated accident!

HELMUT:

I swear to you ...

it was an accident!

Gustav stops and grabs Schmidt's arm, and with a

threatening, pointing finger ...

GUSTAV:

I don't want to hear any more ...

You will get me another stooge.

I don't want this man!!

SCHMIDT:

Don't get excited, Gustav,

you shall have it.

GUSTAV:

You bet I will,

or you shall have no show.

Gustav walks away, sits at his trunk, starts taking his

make-up off.

SCHMIDT:

(moving to Helmut's trunk,

leaning over into Helmut's ear)

You will run with the other clowns

and that's all you will do ... is that clear?

Helmut, shattered, nods his head yes.

SCHMIDT:

(continuing)

And if there is another one of your

cute tricks ... I promise you will do your

bits for the "Cats" while cleaning their cages!

Schmidt walks away ... leaving Helmut stunned and shocked.

Helmut lifts his trunk cover, which opens on a hinge and

stays upright, as we SLOWLY CRAB AROUND to REVEAL the "One

Sheets" glued to the inside of the trunk lid ... as Helmut

reaches for a towel to clean his face, we read:

RINGLING BROS. & BARNUM AND BAILEY

PRESENTS:

THE WORLD'S GREATEST CLOWN

"HELMUT"

(from Germany)

The one sheets are battered and torn and certainly appear to

be many years old. As we PAN the "Lid" to see them all,

Helmut's face is reflected in the mirror as we see the tears

rolling down his face. As we FREEZE FRAME, MUSIC hits for:

MAIN TITLES:

THE DAY THE CLOWN CRIED

FOLLOWING CREDITS:

EXT. DESERTED STREET AND BISTRO - NIGHT

Helmut, dejected and as sad as any man could be, strolls

down the deserted street, alone.

INT. BISTRO

He comes to a small bistro and walks in ... stands at the

bar.

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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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