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Release Date:
31 January 1980 (West Germany) See more »
The world's funniest funny man is back!
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jerry Lewis ... Bo Hooper

Susan Oliver ... Claire Trent

Roger C. Carmel ... Robert Trent

Deanna Lund ... Millie

Harold J. Stone ... Frank Loucazi

Steve Franken ... Steve Torres

Buddy Lester ... Claude Reed

Leonard Stone ... Ted Mitchell
Jerry Lester ... Slats

Billy Barty ... Sammy
Alex Henteloff ... J. Eating
Britt Leach ... Gas Station Manager
Peggy Mondo ... Woman in Restaurant
Amy Krug ... Michele Trent
Stephen Baccus ... Peter
Tommy Zibelli II ... Bobby Trent

Buffy Dee ... C.B.
Lou Marsh ... Tony the Clown
Tony Adams ... Eddie the Clown
Bob May ... Clown #3
Angela Bomford ... Curio Lady

Jack McDermott ... Banker
Cary Hoffman ... Waiter

Richard O'Barry ... Chuck (as Rick O'Feldman)
Jack Wakefield ... Disco Manager
Woody Woodbury ... Policeman - Jail
Charles Pitts ... Policeman #1
Edward Blessington ... Policeman #2 (as Ed Blessington)
Jordana Wester ... Lady in House
John DiSanti ... Newsman #1
Bobby Kosser ... Newsman #2
Erica Huddy ... Newswoman
Al Nesor ... Crowd Member (as Al Nessor)
Sean Cunningham ... Little Boy
John E. Rice ... Midget Clown (as John Rice)
Gregory D. Rice ... Midget Clown (as Greg Rice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
SanDee Pitnick ... Dancer (as Sandra Pitnick)

Christine Page ... Newlywed at Park (uncredited)

Directed by
Jerry Lewis 
Writing credits
Michael Janover (screenplay) &
Jerry Lewis (screenplay)

Michael Janover (story)

Produced by
Mickey Blowitz .... producer
Igo Kantor .... producer
Leslie Maylath .... associate producer
James J. McNamara .... producer
Original Music by
Morton Stevens 
Cinematography by
James Pergola (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael Luciano 
Casting by
Beverly McDermott 
Art Direction by
Don K. Ivey  (as Don Ivey)
Set Decoration by
Tom Coll 
Makeup Department
Marlana May .... makeup artist
Donisia McGowan .... hair stylist
Ruth Regina .... makeup artist
Tom Sobeck .... hair stylist (as Tom Sobek)
Fred Williams .... makeup artist
Production Management
Sonny Persons .... production manager
Hal Reed .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hal Bell .... assistant director
Adrienne Bourbeau .... second assistant director
Alice West .... second assistant director
Art Department
John Balling .... painter
Jim Bright .... assistant decorator
Jack Johnson .... propmaster
Tom Ryan .... assistant propman
Sound Department
Jack Dalton .... sound mixer (as Jack Dalton Sr.)
John Delong .... sound editor (as John De Long)
Burness Dembrowski .... sound editor (as Burness Speakman)
William Johnson .... boom operator
John Paul Jones .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Candy Flanagin .... special effects (as Candy Flanagan)
Thomas R. Ward .... special effects assistant (as Tom Ward)
Artie Malesci .... stunts (as Artie Maleschi)
Marc Mercury .... stunt player
Camera and Electrical Department
Oscar Barber .... camera operator
William D. Barber .... camera assistant (as William Barber)
Bert Bertolami .... electrician
Enrique Bravo .... camera operator (as Ricky Bravo)
William Carr .... dolly grip
Thomas Cocheo .... grip (as Tom Cocheo)
Beau Gillespie .... vtr operator
Ed Kammerer .... best boy
Edward Knott .... key grip (as Eddie Knott)
Jack Kokernoot .... electrician
Marshall Marker .... still photographer
William McConnell .... camera assistant
Walter G. Morris Jr. .... gaffer (as Walter Morris Jr.)
Ken Rich .... crane operator
Rick Roberts .... grip
William Smaling .... best boy
John Winner .... camera assistant
Norman Zuckerman .... electrician
Casting Department
Candy Milford .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Benedict-Pierce .... costumer (as Linda Benedict)
Vivian Cocheo .... costume assistant
Andre Lavery .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Charles Coleman .... assistant editor
Bill Metzger .... post-production executive
Richard Ross .... assistant editor
Robert Wiemann .... assistant editor
Location Management
J. Patrick Coll .... location manager (as Pat Coll)
Roberta Rose .... location auditor
Music Department
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Transportation Department
William Gibson .... driver: honeywagon
Allan McGovern .... transportation captain
Sam Segal .... transportation captain
Dick Williamson .... driver: Mr. Lewis
Other crew
Edward Blessington .... stand-in (as Ed Bessington)
Del Bouman .... secretary: Mr. Lewis
Buddy Clarke .... publicist
April Cloud .... stand-in
Tom Cocheo Jr. .... craft service
Ray Crawford .... publicist
Jac Flanders .... director of public relations
Samuel J. Friedman .... public relations
Robert H. Kovoloff .... promotions: Associated Film Promotions, Inc.
Scott Lewis .... assistant: Mr. Lewis
Bob May .... dialogue coach
Tom Monahan .... security supervisor
Thom Monroy .... market researcher
Alfred Moore .... set physician (as Dr. Alfred Moore)
Diane Morrison .... production secretary
Susana Preston .... script supervisor
Sheldon Roskin .... public relations
Lee Solters .... public relations
Cynthia Streit .... production assistant
Donna Kay Waterman .... publicist
Brenda Watt .... animal trainer
Dee Dee Winner .... assistant location auditor
Bob Graham .... grateful acknowledgment (as Governor Robert Graham)

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USA:91 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:G | Finland:S | France:Tous publics | Netherlands:AL (orginal rating) | USA:PG (certificate #26228) | West Germany:6 (f)

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Final film of Roger C. Carmel.See more »
Continuity: 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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Not among Lewis' better films....but at least it's not as bad as "Cracking Up", 13 July 2017
Author: MartinHafer from Bradenton, Florida

"Hardly Working" came at a rough period in Jerry Lewis' film career. His two previous films were a decade earlier. "Which Way to the Front?" is among the comedian's worst films and his next one, "The Day the Clown Cried", is notorious and was never even released. Then came "Hardly Working". Not a particularly good film but an improvement over his next film "Cracking Up". If these were the only Lewis films you ever saw, you'd be very unlikely to see any more. Fortunately, he did have some excellent films...but this period is clearly his lowest.

When the film begins, Bo (Lewis) learns that the circus where he works is closing. Without a job, he moves in with his sister (Susan Oliver) and her husband (Roger Carmel). However, he does not endear himself to the brother-in-law because he keeps losing job after job after job. So, in desperation the brother-in-law helps him get a job working for the Post Office.

Much of the film is very episodic--with little vignettes where he loses jobs. Some of these are funny, some (such as the disco sequence) are too long and horribly unfunny. There was even one where he got a job as a chef in a Japanese restaurant. Seeing Jerry with giant fake teeth doing a Japanese man impersonation is something to behold! And I do NOT mean that in a good way!! Often the biggest problem was the timing...with scenes being way too long and losing all sense of momentum. Overall, the film is a very hit or miss affair...which perhaps a few too many misses. For his fans, it's well worth seeing but for others I recommend you see one of his better films, such as a Martin & Lewis picture or "The Bellboy" or "The Delicate Delinquent".

By the way, the film was made around Palm Beach, Florida...just north of Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. I am not sure why this location was chosen instead of the more familiar Los Angeles area.

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