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The Delicate Delinquent

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Director  Don McGuire
Producer  Jerry Lewis
Country  United States
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Genre  Comedy
Music director  Buddy Bregman
Writer  Don McGuire
Language  English
The Delicate Delinquent movie poster
Release date  June 6, 1957
Cast  Jerry Lewis (Sidney L. Pythias), Darren McGavin (Mike Damon), Martha Hyer (Martha Henshaw), Robert Ivers (Monk), Horace McMahon (Capt. Riley), Richard Bakalyan (Artie)
Similar movies  Soy un delincuente, Sleepers, Ed Wood, The Outsiders, District 13: Ultimatum, All About the Benjamins
Tagline  JERRY LEWIS makes that blackboard jungle jump for joy. He's funnier than ever...

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A New York patrolman (Darren McGavin) sees police-academy potential in a klutz (Jerry Lewis) mistaken for a street-gang hoodlum.


The Delicate Delinquent movie scenes

The Delicate Delinquent is a 1957 American comedy film starring Jerry Lewis. Shot in black-and-white and VistaVision in 1956 and released on June 6, 1957 by Paramount Pictures, it is notable as the first film Lewis made without his longtime partner Dean Martin.

The Delicate Delinquent movie scenes

Sidney Pythias (Jerry Lewis) is the a bumbling janitor picked up by cop Darren McGavin as a teenage gang member worth saving from delinquency. With McGavin's help, Sidney works his way through the Police Academy to become a cop too.


The Delicate Delinquent movie scenes

Sidney L. Pythias (Jerry Lewis) is a janitor is mistaken for a gang member and arrested along with three so-called "juvenile delinquents," Artie, Monk, and Harry.

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Police officer Mike Damon (Darren McGavin) believes he can help a wayward youth just as a cop once did for him. He is given a month by Captain Riley (Horace McMahon) to set a boy right, provided he allow socialite and civic do-gooder Martha Henshaw (Martha Hyer) assist him in the effort.

The Delicate Delinquent movie scenes From right Bakalyan Jerry Lewis Robert Ivers and Joe Corey in the 1957

Sidneys secret ambition is to be a policeman. He also wants to impress Patricia, a student nurse who lives in his building, by making something of himself. Mike and Martha bicker while working with Sidney, who is permitted to attend the police academy, over the objections of his "friends" Artie, Monk and Harry.

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Artie is accidentally shot by a gun in Sidneys possession, endangering his future with the police force, but it turns out Monk is responsible. Cleared of all blame, Sidney becomes a cop, determined to set a good example for youths like himself, while Mike and Martha fall in love.

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  • Jerry Lewis as Sidney Pythias
  • Darren McGavin as Mike Damon
  • Martha Hyer as Martha Henshaw
  • Horace McMahon as Capt. Riley
  • Mary Webster as Patricia
  • Richard Bakalyan as Artie
  • Robert Ivers as Monk
  • Joseph Corey as Harry
  • Production

  • The Delicate Delinquent was filmed from September 5-October 12, 1956 and is based upon a script entitled Damon and Pythias inspired by the Damon and Pythias legend. Darren McGavin stepped in to fill the role of a police officer that was originally written for Martin. Martin refused to play a policeman, ending the Martin and Lewis partnership Although the credits show a copyright date of 1956, the film was released the following year, a common practice in Hollywood.
  • Lewis, who also produced the film, played a juvenile, although he was 30 years old at the time.
  • The romantic interest was provided mainly by actress Martha Hyer, who in 1966 married Hal Wallis, the producer of the Martin and Lewis films. Hyers wardrobe was created by longtime Paramount costumer designer Edith Head.
  • Comedian/impressionist Frank Gorshin made an early dramatic appearance as a gang member.
  • Box Office

    The cost of the film was a little under $500,000, and it grossed about $6 million.


    It was re-released in 1962 on a double bill with another Lewis film, The Sad Sack (1957).

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    Home media

    The DVD was released on October 12, 2004.


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