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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's first theatrical film in around a decade, his last having been Which Way to the Front?
(1970), whilst Lewis' film The Day the Clown Cried
(1972) was never released and has hardly been seen by anyone. Hardly Working
(1980) has often been described as being Lewis' "comeback" movie. Lewis performed a number of roles on this film, he was a co-writer, lead actor and director, the penultimate cinema film he directed. Lewis was aged around 55 years and was going through a divorce from his then wife Patti Lewis
when this movie was made and released. 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