THE DAY THE CLOWN CRIED – (1971-1974) Jerry Lewis debacle, some of it funded with his own money, based on the true story of a Jewish Holocaust clown allowed to live if he lures children to their deaths in the Nazi gas chambers. Never completed. Lewis has disowned it. The master negative is still being held in a Swedish vault.
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND – (1970’s) Nearly completed by master director Orson Welles, until Iranian funding was withdrawn. (Iran fell to the Ayatollah in 1979.) Costar and biographer Peter Bogdanovich offered to complete it, but was blocked by Welles’ heir. Previewed during the 1975 AFI awards.
SOMETHING’S GOT TO GIVE – (1962) Troubled production plagued by the unraveling mental and physical health of its star, Marilyn Monroe. Studio fired MM midway, then tried to replace her with Lee Remick. Costar Dean Martin refused to go on. MM rehired on August 1; died on August 5 from a drug overdose. Directed by George Cukor.
NAPOLEON – (1969-70) Famed director Stanley Kubrick spent a year in pre-production for this epic…until it was cancelled by MGM. The fading studio had decided to cut back on big-budget films and rebuild itself as a Vegas casino-resort.
ARYAN PAPERS – (early 1990’s) Another Kubrick cancellation. Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” happened to come out during this same time period. It was felt that too many Holocaust films could not succeed financially. Based on the novel “Wartime Lies” by Louis Begley.
ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S KALEIDISCOPE – (1967) Director Alfred Hitchcock, intrigued by the French New Wave and Antionini’s “Blow-Up” (1966), began work on this avant-guarde, cinema-verite movie until Universal replaced it with the cold-war spy drama “Topaz” (1969.)
THE RAVAGERS – (1970) Fifth of the Matt Helm film series was cancelled due to the waning popularity of spy films and the murder of its costar Sharon Tate (who was scheduled to reprise her role as Freya Carlson from “The Wrecking Crew.”)
ROMANCE OF THE PINK PANTHER – (1981) Meant to be the sixth Peter Sellers-Inspector Clouseau comedy. Partially written by Sellers himself. Never filmed; Sellers died on July 24, 1980. The “Pink Panther” film series continued on with different actors including Ted Wass, Roberto Benini and Steve Martin. (Dudley Moore wisely turned it down.)
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