The Delicate Delinquent 1957 G CC

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The Dean Martin - Jerry Lewis comedy team may have called it quits, but that didn't mean the laughs were over. Jerry's first film without longtime partner Dino makes a hilarious case for law enfarcement!

Starring:
Jerry Lewis, Darren McGavin
Runtime:
1 hour, 41 minutes

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Genres Comedy
Director Don McGuire
Starring Jerry Lewis, Darren McGavin
Supporting actors Martha Hyer, Robert Ivers, Horace McMahon, Richard Bakalyan, Joe Corey, Mary Webster, Milton Frome, Jefferson Dudley Searles, Jered Barclay, Joe Bassett, Kenneth Becker, Alaina Capri, Taggart Casey, Helen Chapman, Dominic Fidelibus, Frank Gorshin, David Halper, Frances Weintraub Lax
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating G (General Audience)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mark Ebert on 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 By A Customer on 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gary Friedman on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By stevelk on June 20, 2007
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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 By Randy E. Halford on March 13, 2012
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After his highly-publicized split from partner Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis wasted no time getting out his first solo effort, "The Delicate Delinquent". And it kicks off appropriately with what would become a surefire Lewis shtick---two gangs of punks are about to rumble in an alleyway, via "West Side Story". Suddenly the tension is disrupted by Jerry bursting from a door into the middle of the rumble & stumbling into garbage cans. From there, Lewis plays a well-meaning schnook-like janitor mistaken for a juvenile but still sorely needing guidance & structure in his life. Enter Darren McGavin (deftly playing the cop "mentor" role which Martin previously turned down) who begins steering Lewis on the straight & narrow through some amusing Police Academy training. The script seems more like a serious drama gagged up, Jerry Lewis-style. It even calls on Lewis to deliver some serious acting, which he handles very well. This would set the tone for many future Lewis comedies as a schnook faced with problems both comic & serious.
Probably not Lewis' best comedy, but it certainly has its moments. And...surprise! A Lewis film that doesn't end with a broad gag but an earnest dramatic speech? Interesting!
Definitely a keeper for Lewis buffs!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Robinson on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Patterson on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tiffany morris on 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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