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Some mysteries just get juicier with age. At least, that’s how it felt on Aug. 10, when a seven-minute clip from an old Dutch TV documentary about the making of Jerry Lewis’ 1972 “lost” film, The Day the Clown Cried, was posted on YouTube by someone calling himself “Unclesporkums.” Back in 2009, I interviewed Lewis in his Las Vegas office about his career and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award he was slated to receive at that year’s Oscar telecast. The star, then 82, was gracious and chatty. That is, until I asked him about The Day the Clown Cried, a never-released movie »
- Chris Nashawaty
The “school” in “When Comedy Went to School” refers to the Borscht Belt, a boot camp where comedians honed their craft without fear of failure. Ron Frank and Melvut Akkaya’s docu isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but as a brief history of the Catskill resorts, liberally laced with well-edited archival promos, songs, homemovies and extended excerpts from routines by Jewish comics who performed there, it consistently entertains. Unfortunately, the film’s schmaltzy wraparound narration, delivered undiluted by Robert Klein, fails to amuse. A trip down memory lane for target auds, the docu works best as a superior clip-compendium of classic Jewish humor.
The filmmakers succinctly trace the evolution of Jewish comedy from the Yiddish theater to vaudeville to the hundreds of summer resorts in the Catskills. Distinctions are made between the first “tummlers,” physical clowns who would do anything for a laugh (an early incarnation of Danny Kaye), and the »
- Ronnie Scheib
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