During last night’s Jerry Lewis Cinefamily tribute “the normally taciturn Lewis, answered a question about The Day The Clown Cried by saying that he objectively looked at the movie and felt it didn’t work…and [therefore] it would never see the light of day,” a friend informs.

The 85 year-old Lewis “shot many questions down, saying it would take too long to get into,” the source adds, “but he offered a lot of cool stuff” including that that he was originally offered to direct Take the Money & Run and decided no and then urged Woody Allen to do it.