Ailing comedian Richard Pryor
is suing movie-maker Penelope Spheeris
in a bid to get a lost film back. The 64-year-old funnyman, who has been crippled my multiple sclerosis, claims his daughter Rain and Spheeris conspired to take the master copy of his first film appearance, which the Wayne's World
director shot when she was a film student in 1968 and they haven't returned it. In a suit filed in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Pryor, who raised the money for the film and hired Spheeris, claims he's the only person entitled to decide what's to become of the mystery movie and he wants it back. He claims the negatives and prints went missing from his house 20 years ago and feels sure his daughter and Spheeris have the footage. Pryor believed the film, Uncle Tom's Fairy Tales
, was lost until scenes appeared earlier this year, when the comedian was honored by the Directors Guild of America. According to his suit, he contacted Spheeris after the tribute and she revealed she had given the footage to the Academy Film Archive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.