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The Delicate Delinquent (1957)

Approved | | Comedy | 6 February 1958 (West Germany)
Sidney Pythias is a bumbling janitor picked up by cop Mike Damon as a teenage gang member worth saving from delinquency. With Damon's help, Sidney works his way through the Police Academy to become a cop too.

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Don McGuire

Writer:

Don McGuire
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Complete credited cast:
Jerry Lewis ... Sidney L. Pythias
Darren McGavin ... Mike Damon
Martha Hyer ... Martha Henshaw
Robert Ivers ... Monk
Horace McMahon ... Police Captain Riley
Richard Bakalyan ... Artie
Joe Corey ... Harry (as Joseph Corey)
Mary Webster ... Patricia
Milton Frome ... Mr. Herman
Jefferson Searles Jefferson Searles ... Mr. Crow
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Sidney Pythias is a bumbling janitor picked up by cop Mike Damon as a teenage gang member worth saving from delinquency. With Damon's help, Sidney works his way through the Police Academy to become a cop too.

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After Hollywood or Bust (1956), this was to have been the next film for Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin. Martin did not want to be seen on screen in a police uniform and refused to do the film. Their partnership soon ended, so this film was Lewis' first solo effort. The part originally meant for Martin was given to Darren McGavin. See more »

Quotes

Sidney L. Pythias: Well, they thought I was a little nutty, something about my temperament.
Mike Damon: Psychologically unfit huh?
Sidney L. Pythias: No, my lungs were fine, they just thought I was a little nutty.
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By Myself
Written by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz
Sung by Jerry Lewis
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21 September 2011 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Jerry Lewis's first movie without Dean Martin casts him as a juvenile delinquent hired by a cop (Darren McGavin) to become a cop. "The Delicate Delinquent" is the typical sort of movie that Lewis was making around that time. It's mostly an excuse for him to act silly, sometimes via facial expressions. There's nothing special about the movie, although it does provide a few laughs. Without a doubt, Lewis reached his apex with "The Nutty Professor".

Martha Hyer (who later got married to Lewis's producer Hal Wallis) provides a foil for both Lewis and McGavin. Watch for a young Frank Gorshin (best known as the Riddler on the 1960s "Batman" series) as a gang member.


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Country:

USA

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English | Japanese

Release Date:

6 February 1958 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Damon and Pythius See more »

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Budget:

$460,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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