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Hardly Working (1980)

PG | | Comedy | 3 April 1981 (USA)
In Jerry Lewis's first film in a decade, he plays Bo Hooper, an unemployed circus clown who can't seem to hold down a job. The film opens with a brief montage of clips from past Lewis ... See full summary »

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Bo Hooper
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Claire Trent
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Robert Trent
Deanna Lund ...
Millie
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Frank Loucazi
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Claude Reed
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Ted Mitchell
Jerry Lester ...
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Sammy
Alex Henteloff ...
J. Eating
Britt Leach ...
Gas Station Manager
Peggy Mondo ...
Woman in Restaurant
Amy Krug ...
Michele Trent
Stephen Baccus ...
Peter
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In Jerry Lewis's first film in a decade, he plays Bo Hooper, an unemployed circus clown who can't seem to hold down a job. The film opens with a brief montage of clips from past Lewis movies. He then moves into a succession of jobs that he gets himself fired from including a gas station attendant and a mailman - all with disastrous results. Written by alfiehitchie

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The world's funniest funny man is back!

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In the book "Dean and Me: A Love Story" (2006), Jerry Lewis said of this film: "The whole experience was a mixed bag...I have to admit that the awful strain of the past ten years showed in every part of my work...The movie didn't really hang together, and not so surprisingly, I looked terrible in it." See more »

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At one point, Lewis tries to open the hood of a car. The hood quickly pops up and knocks Lewis on his feet. In the next shot, the hood is back down without having been touched. See more »

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Referenced in The Big Picture (1989) See more »

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Hardly worth it.
6 September 2000 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

This Jerry Lewis project does not ring with the sound of success. This film is way below the high standards that the legendary star/director has set for comedy flicks. The plot is quite simple and most of the sight gags are over done. A bumbling idiot has trouble keeping a job. He has tried being a circus clown, gas station attendant and even delivering the U.S. Mail. Unlucky in the working world, but lucky in love. Go figure.

Also in the cast are Susan Oliver, Harold Stone and Stephen Baccus.


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