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Hardly Working (1980)

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 ... See full summary »

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Jerry Lewis

Writers:

Michael Janover (screenplay), Jerry Lewis (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Jerry Lester ... Slats
Billy Barty ... Sammy
Alex Henteloff Alex Henteloff ... J. Eating
Britt Leach ... Gas Station Manager
Peggy Mondo Peggy Mondo ... Woman in Restaurant
Amy Krug Amy Krug ... Michele Trent
Stephen Baccus Stephen Baccus ... Peter
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Storyline

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 alfiehitchie

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The world's funniest funny man is back!

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Comedy

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PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1980 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Alles in Handarbeit See more »

Filming Locations:

Broward County, Florida, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Harold J. Stone. See more »

Goofs

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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Referenced in The Big Picture (1989) See more »

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I guess you had to be there
16 November 2007 | by porfleSee all my reviews

I saw this when it was first released, in a theater filled to the gills with rabid Jerry Lewis fans (of which I am one) who were all ecstatic to be seeing a new Jerry Lewis movie after all those years. The opening montage of scenes from his earlier films was greeted with cheers, and this giddy enthusiasm carried over for the rest of the film. (The donut scene was a particular favorite--everybody there totally "got" it.) Good spirits and joyous Jerry Lewis fandom abounded in that theater that night, and I had a wonderful time.

Whenever I see this movie now, I recall the feelings I had when I first saw it that night. Maybe you had to see it in that context and that frame of mind to truly enjoy it. Anyway, I'm still a huge Jerry Lewis fan as I have been all my life, and I enjoy all of his movies from the highs of THE NUTTY PROFESSOR and THE LADIES MAN to the lows of WHICH WAY TO THE FRONT? and HOOK, LINE, AND SINKER. Now if I could just see THE DAY THE CLOWN CRIED, my life would be complete.


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