Boy, do I wish we could screen Jerry Lewis’ “The Day the Clown Cried” at a future North Hollywood Movie Extravaganza. For those who are unaware of this unseen “classic” here’s a synopsis:
“It tells the story of a self-centered circus clown, Helmut Doork, who is sent to a concentration camp after a drunken impersonation of Hitler. There, he befriends the Jewish children of the camp, and performs for them, angering the camp Commandant. He is accidentally sent with the children on a train to Auschwitz, and there, he is expected to lead the children, like a Pied Piper, to the gas chambers.”
Here is a wonderful site that amongst other cinematic goodies, contains not one, but TWO different versions of the screenplay.