The Delicate Delinquent

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...
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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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Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Theatrical Trailer
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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 clich├ęd 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2013
  • UPC: 883929312115
  • Original Release: 1956
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,356

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
Taggart Casey
Rocky Marciano Himself
Don McGowan
Don McGuire
Don Megowan
Emile G. Meyer Kelly
Emory Parnell Sgt. Levitch
Michael Ross Police Sergeant
Jefferson Searles Mr. Crow
Teru Shimada
Dave Willock Cadet Goerner
Irene Winston
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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Disc #1 -- Delicate Delinquent
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