The Delicate Delinquent

The Delicate Delinquent

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


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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 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."

Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/2019
UPC: 0032429330413
Original Release: 1957
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:40:00
Sales rank: 39,613

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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