Mis-blamed: Many people believe this was Jerry Lewis' project alone. While he did write the final treatment and direct it, the original script was around for a decade before he was involved and, as mentioned in the synopsis, there were many problems with the production that Lewis had nothing to do with.
So Bad, It's Good: The rough cut of the movie has been screened privately for select Hollywood insiders and this is often the reaction. Fellow comedian Harry Shearer once saw the film and in a subsequent interview with Spy magazine compared the viewing experience to suddenly encountering "a black velvet painting of Auschwitz":
"With most of these kinds of things, you find that the anticipation, or the concept, is better than the thing itself. But seeing this film was really awe-inspiring, in that you are rarely in the presence of a perfect object. This was a perfect object. This movie is so drastically wrong, its pathos and its comedy are so wildly misplaced, that you could not, in your fantasy of what it might be like, improve on what it really is. 'Oh My God!'—that's all you can say."