The Day the Clown Cried

Synopsis: Helmut Doork, a once great and famous clown, is fired from the circus. Getting drunk at a local bar, he pokes fun at Hitler in front of some Gestapo agents, who arrest and send him to a prison camp. Helmut angers his fellow prisoners by refusing to perform for them, wanting to preserve his legend. As times passes, Jews are brought into the camp, with fraternizing between them and the other prisoners strictly prohibited. Eventually, Helmut is forced by the others to perform or be beaten. His act bombs and he leaves the barracks depressed, trying the routine out again alone in the prison yard. He hears laughter and sees a group of Jewish children watching him through a fence. Happy to be appreciated again, he makes a makeshift clown suit and begins to regularly perform. His audience grows, but a new prison Commandant orders Helmut to stop. When he refuses and continues to perform, he's beaten and thrown in solitary confinement. But the Nazis soon come up with a use for Helmut, keeping th
Genre: Drama
Year:
1972
90 min
450 Views

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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 ...

GUSTAV:

Oh, sure it was ... A very well

planned and calculated 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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