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Lenny Bruce Without Tears is a 1972 documentary about the life of the stand-up comic, told through the eyes of a close friend - director Fred Baker. Bruce was a standout in the 1950s as one of the few comedians who dared to challenge the intellectual community at the time. Like many comedians of past and present, he was foul-mouthed, but the film shows how Bruce managed to mix political commentary and social observations into his act. In the midst of a conservative era, these rare quips typically left the crowd roaring with laughter. As his act gained more popularity, the comic's big-city demeanor and political outspokenness began to rub authorities the wrong way. One instance even led to prosecution on obscenity charges as documented in the film. Writers, such as Kenneth Tynan and Malcolm Muggeridge, are also interviewed about Bruce's influence and brief excerpts from the comedian's acts are shown throughout the film.