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2.9
34 Ratings

The Delicate Delinquent

Directed by Don McGuire
United States, 1957
Comedy

Synopsis

Sidney Pythias (Jerry Lewis) is the a bumbling janitor picked up by cop Darren McGavin as a teenage gang member worth saving from delinquency.

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The Delicate Delinquent Directed by Don McGuire

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  • Karthik's rating of the film The Delicate Delinquent

    The first film Jerry Lewis made as a producer, bears in certain sequences his unmistakeably delirious stamp, but the squaring of his genius, at its best in the picaresque non-consequential modularity of the later films, into the round of a conventional narrative structure (a feat he would achieve later, for instance in Nutty Professor) here hurts rather than helps

  • Comadozer's rating of the film The Delicate Delinquent

    Jerry is barely baby faced enough to pull this role off, but the beautiful black & white cinematography by Haskell Boggs helps. It is sappy, but a movie with sappy heart is better than a sloppy heart. Some great characters also. The mad professor upstairs Sidney assists may have contributed to a famous nutty professor role Lewis would portray in 1963.