GenreComedy Music directorBuddy Bregman WriterDon McGuire LanguageEnglish
Release dateJune 6, 1957 CastJerry Lewis (Sidney L. Pythias), Darren McGavin (Mike Damon), Martha Hyer (Martha Henshaw), Robert Ivers (Monk), Horace McMahon (Capt. Riley), Richard Bakalyan (Artie) Similar moviesSoy un delincuente, Sleepers, Ed Wood, The Outsiders, District 13: Ultimatum, All About the Benjamins
TaglineJERRY LEWIS makes that blackboard jungle jump for joy. He's funnier than ever...
Jerry lewis the delicate delinquent 1957
A New York patrolman (Darren McGavin) sees police-academy potential in a klutz (Jerry Lewis) mistaken for a street-gang hoodlum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The delicate delinquent trailer 1957 movie with jerry lewis
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
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.
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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