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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

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Don McGuire
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Cast

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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Jerry's at his sensational best...as a teenage terror who scares nobody but himself! See more »

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

McGavin is only four years older than Lewis. 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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Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

By Myself
Written by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz
Sung by Jerry Lewis
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Looney Lewis in his first solo film.
11 May 2017 | by kartoon-1See all my reviews

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.

(see my review on Amazon.com)


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