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
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Reportedly, Jerry Lewis
was two days into filming when he discovered the financing for this picture only amounted to $25,000. Lewis secured funds from entrepreneur James J. McNamara
, his first credit as a producer. Later, work on this picture was stopped for six months in 1980 when the film ran out of financing and Lewis also declared himself bankrupt. The gap in filming has been said to have been responsible for continuity problems in the movie. See more
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
Referenced in The Big Picture