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The Delicate Delinquent (1957)

Jerry Lewis , Martha Hyer , Don McGuire  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jerry Lewis, Martha Hyer, Darren McGavin, Robert Ivers, Horace McMahon
  • Directors: Don McGuire
  • Writers: Don McGuire
  • Producers: Jerry Lewis
  • Format: Black & White, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2004
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002NY8TY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,385 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Delicate Delinquent" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

THE DELICATE DELINQUENT features Lewis in his first solo film as a delinquent befriended by a good-hearted cop who chooses to enroll in the police academy rather than follow a life on the other side of the law.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Delicate Drama March 6, 2004
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The "Delicate Delinquent" was originally written for Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, but it became Jerry's first solo film. The movie is a departure from the slapstick comedy Lewis had done with Martin. I would describe it as a drama with comedy. Jerry plays a young man in a tough city who isn't exactly a "delinquent", but certainly has stopped attempting to live up to his potential. Jerry's speech in the middle of the film is certainly devoid of humor: "When I was a kid I was jerky, now I'm a man, and I'm lonely...I'm a nowhere, a no place." However, a false arrest turns his life around as a police officer takes a special interest in "reforming" him.
Dean Martin turned the film down, before the partnership desolved, becuase he didn't want to play a cop, but Lewis turns this black and white story into a personal epic about standing on your own and making a difference (a fitting message for someone who had just launched into a solo career after coming off what was then the biggest act in American history).
Yet another Lewis classic that should be on DVD.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Solo by Lewis September 3, 1999
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In this endearing comedy, Lewis plays a youth caught between gangster-type friends and the grown-up world. Mike Damon (McGavin) takes a shining to this delinquent and determines to help him become a star citizen. Sydney enrolls in the police academy which sets off a wide array of antics that disrupts the entire school. The Delicate Delinquent is a charming boy-to-man film. A must have for any Jerry Lewis fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars WOW... Memories! September 24, 2005
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I remember this movie from when I was a kid and I went to see it with my neighbor... it stuck with me for a long time and even though I think there are so many funnier Lewis movies, this one has a softness to it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Had profound affect on me June 20, 2007
By stevelk
I don't really know why, but this film had a profound affect on me. I was 6-7 years old, family life was pretty bad, and this film made me.. feel weird, but in a good way. All I can say for sure is that the emotions I had during and around the time I saw this silly flick were very poignant, and are still with me, accessible at unexpected times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Delicate Delinquent June 28, 2009
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The Delicate Delinquent
This movie was written by Jerry Lewis for him and Dean Martin. Dean Martin was to play the role of a police officer in this movie but refused because he didn't want to wear a police uniform he offered Jerry to play a detective instead. The famous duo split before the film was made. So... with this said, this was Jerry Lewis's very first movie without has friend Dean Martin. Actor Darrin Mcgavin, played the roll Dean Martin was suppose to play and this was Jerry Lewis's "first" of many smash hits that rocketed him to become a successful artist in his own right and a mega star known as the King of Comedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny Film January 9, 2011
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I thought this movie was instinctively funny. I knew Jerry Lewis was going to be funny, but I didn't expect him to meet me on deeperlevels of funny. I saw a sexiness in the storyline as well,where Jerry's character struggled with his manhood. It gave me insight on what men deal with on a profound level. For example, when he fought the Japanese guy, it was almost as if Jerry was saying that it is okay to not be so macho.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loony Lewis in his first solo movie. July 6, 2013
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Jerry proves in his first film outing after his infamous parting with his partner Dean Martin that his brand of comedy needs no specific straight man as the whole world is his straight man! Jerry plays a peripheral (read barely in) member of a gang who get into a rumble at his backdoor and he is subsequently arrested along with them. Seeing that he's different from the others, a sympathetic cop (Darren McGavin) takes him under his wing to guide him away from the other gang members and make an upstanding citizen of him. Which of course is a monumental task considering who he has as a charge.
Speaking of which, you will get a 'charge' out of this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Delicate Delinquent June 18, 2014
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Fun! I watched the movie with my sixteen year old son, he liked it so much we watched it....TWICE! Wholesome and truly FUNNY!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
must see jerry lewis is very funny great dvd
Published 2 days ago by mike saez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Gregory Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best of Jerry Lewis!!
Published 3 months ago by Laurinda O'Dell
4.0 out of 5 stars Shows his loveable side as only he could do.
This shows Jerry the "Schlep". at his best(.Typical) Jerry is both funny and appealing in his portrayal of a delinquient of the 50's
Published 6 months ago by MGM
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family film
My son loves this movie. A great family film although there is some street fighting and police vs. the bad guys so perhaps use discretion with young children. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Janine
5.0 out of 5 stars great classic movie
it is a great old movie when comedy was meant to be funny starring Jerry Lewis at his best great
Published 12 months ago by Tina Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars prepare para reirse .en blanco y negro .
a mi no me importe que este en blanco y negro ,mi infancia la pase mirando sus peliculas super sanas ,es divertida y un domingo junto a la familia para reirse un poquito no suena... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delicate Delinquent
This is a good movie and held my attention. Dean Martin is not in this movie, but Jerry lewis carried this movie all by himself. He is a good actor. Read more
Published 20 months ago by pc
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
It was great to be able to download this movie to my Kindle Fire! It was the first Jerry Lewis movie I ever saw and in my opinion the best!
Published 22 months ago by Cesar
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent movie!
I love Jerry Lewis! this movie made me think of West Side Story mixed with Rocka bye Baby! Any fan of Jerry Lewis movies would love this one too!
Published 23 months ago by Nathan Rabe
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