Delicate Delinquent

Delicate Delinquent

Director: Don McGuire

Cast: Don McGuire, Jerry Lewis, Darren McGavin, Martha Hyer

     
 

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Jerry Lewis' first solo effort was also his first headlong plunge into pathos. The Delicate Delinquent stars Jerry as mixed-up teenaged janitor Sidney Pythias, a nice kid on the verge of throwing in with a not-so-nice street gang. Sensing potential in Sidney, police officer Mike Damon (Darren McGavin, in role originally intended for Lewis' ex-partner DeanSee more details below

Overview

Jerry Lewis' first solo effort was also his first headlong plunge into pathos. The Delicate Delinquent stars Jerry as mixed-up teenaged janitor Sidney Pythias, a nice kid on the verge of throwing in with a not-so-nice street gang. Sensing potential in Sidney, police officer Mike Damon (Darren McGavin, in role originally intended for Lewis' ex-partner Dean Martin) takes the boy under his wing. To prove that Sidney can be weaned away from bad influences, Mike arranges for the boy to become a rookie cop, with fitfully hilarious results (the best scene, involving a monolingual Japanese gentleman, is also the most politically incorrect). Martha Hyer costars as an idealistic social worker with whom Mike (and briefly, Sidney) falls in love. The film's tenuous balance between juvenile-delinquent drama and slapstick comedy is never more pronounced than in the opening scene, wherein the clumsy Sidney, carrying a bulky garbage can, stumbles into the middle of a gang rumble. Though not Jerry Lewis' best film, Delicate Delinquent was a hit, proving he could carry a picture himself; as a bonus, Jerry gets to sing the significantly titled ditty "By Myself."

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Delicate Delinquent indicated that maybe there was a reason that Jerry Lewis wanted to break off from his successful teaming with Dean Martin. Delinquent is quite different in tone from the typical Martin-Lewis vehicle; it's more serious and (comparably) weightier. Indeed, many of Lewis' post-partner films delved into somewhat darker territory. Unfortunately, they rarely delved successfully, and Delinquent is typical of the problems associated with many Lewis films. The marriage between serious and comic seems forced, and the satire of juvenile delinquency films peters out rather quickly. The "dramatic" portion of the film is clichéd and unconvincing, and the love story doesn't work. Lewis handles some of his serious moments rather well, but the character who talks about being lonely seems like a different person than the one who skyrockets off the screen during moments of slapstick silliness. Still, there are some worthwhile moments, such as the opening segment, which plays like a spin-off of West Side Story (although that film was not made until several years after Delinquent). Martha Hyer and Darren McGavin do well in the roles they're known for.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2013
UPC:
0883929312115
Original Release:
1956
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
16,454

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jerry Lewis Sidney Pythias
Darren McGavin Mike Damon
Martha Hyer Martha
Robert Ivers Monk
Horace McMahon Capt. Riley
Richard Bakalyan Artie
Joseph Corey Harry
Mary Webster Patricia
Milton Frome Mr. Herman
Rocky Marciano Himself
Don Megowan Actor
Don McGuire Actor
Emile G. Meyer Kelly
Emory Parnell Sgt. Levitch
Michael Ross Police Sergeant
Jefferson Searles Mr. Crow
Teru Shimada Actor
Dave Willock Cadet Goerner
Irene Winston Actor
Taggart Casey Actor

Technical Credits
Don McGuire Director,Screenwriter
Haskell Boggs Cinematographer
Buddy Bregman Score Composer
Nick Castle Choreography
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Earl Hedrick Art Director
Jerry Lewis Producer
Hal Pereira Art Director
Howard A. Smith Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Delicate Delinquent
1. Chapter 1 [8:16]
2. Chapter 2 [3:14]
3. Chapter 3 [5:21]
4. Chapter 4 [5:28]
5. Chapter 5 [9:34]
6. Chapter 6 [4:20]
7. Chapter 7 [3:24]
8. Chapter 8 [7:31]
9. Chapter 9 [7:48]
10. Chapter 10 [8:18]
11. Chapter 11 [8:11]
12. Chapter 12 [9:06]
13. Chapter 13 [8:32]
14. Chapter 14 [7:05]
15. Chapter 15 [4:39]

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