The Delicate Delinquent

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Sidney Pythias (Jerry Lewis) is the a bumbling janitor picked up by cop Darren McGavin as a teenage gang member worth saving from delinquency. With McGavin's help, Sidney works his way through the Police Academy to become a cop too.

  1. Don McGuire

    Author, Director

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  1. Jerry Lewis

    Jerry Lewis

    Sidney L. Pythias

  2. Darren McGavin

    Darren McGavin

    Mike Damon

  3. Martha Hyer

    Martha Hyer

    Martha Henshaw

  4. Robert Ivers

    Robert Ivers


  5. Horace McMahon

    Horace McMahon

    Capt. Riley

  6. Richard Bakalyan

    Richard Bakalyan


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 41m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • June 6, 1957



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A review by talisencrw

By talisencrw

With all of the American turmoil recently about police brutality, I thought watching this, Jerry Lewis' first solo venture after his misadventures with Dean Martin, would be an interesting experience. It was both touching, showing an older police officer showing compassion and trying to connect with a troubled but promising adolescent and help him out in life, and funny, giving one of the finest comedians of his time more space to strut his stuff.

I'm glad I took the time and effort to check his comedies out. Happy 90th, Jerry Lewis! =)

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