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The Delicate Delinquent
The Delicate Delinquent
Actors: Jerry Lewis, Martha Hyer, Darren McGavin, Robert Ivers, Horace McMahon
Director: Don McGuire
Genres: Classics, Comedy
NR     2004     1hr 41min

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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Actors: Jerry Lewis, Martha Hyer, Darren McGavin, Robert Ivers, Horace McMahon
Director: Don McGuire
Creators: Jerry Lewis, Haskell B. Boggs, Don McGuire, Howard A. Smith
Genres: Classics, Comedy
Sub-Genres: Classics, Classic Comedies
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Black and White,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 10/12/2004
Original Release Date: 06/06/1957
Theatrical Release Date: 06/06/1957
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 41min
Screens: Black and White,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Brock J. (insidebrock) from OPELIKA, AL
Reviewed on 6/10/2008...
This film takes a while to get started. A few really funny scenes but overall the film doesn't flow. Serious cops do not make a funny film.
0 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

The Delicate Drama
Mark Ebert | Lancaster OH | 03/06/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Great Solo by Lewis
Mark Ebert | 09/03/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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."