6.4/10
1,060
16 user 4 critic

The Delicate Delinquent (1957)

Approved | | Comedy | 3 July 1957 (USA)
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.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Gilbert Wooley is a second-rate magician who is sent to entertain the troops in the pacific. During his time in Japan he becomes attached to a little orphan boy.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Jerry Lewis, Marie McDonald, Sessue Hayakawa
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An average television repairman must care for the newborn triplets of his former hometown sweetheart, now a famous movie star, so her career will not suffer.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Jerry Lewis, Marilyn Maxwell, Connie Stevens
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young heiress must choose between six uncles, one of which is up to no good and out to harm the girl's beloved bodyguard who practically raised her.

Director: Jerry Lewis
Stars: Jerry Lewis, Sebastian Cabot, Neil Hamilton
The Patsy (1964)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When a star comedian dies, his comedy team, decides to train a nobody to fill the shoes of the Star in a big TV show (a Patsy). But the man they choose, bellboy Stanley Belt, cant do ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Lewis
Stars: Jerry Lewis, Ina Balin, Everett Sloane
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A singer who can't pay his bookie joins a nerdy, star-struck movie fan and his Great Dane in a cross-country convertible ride to Hollywood.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Pat Crowley
The Sad Sack (1957)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Private Meredith Bixby is so out of step in the Army that his six weeks of planned basic training has now stretched to 17 months. After he loses a tank, WAC Major Shelton, a psychologist, ... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Jerry Lewis, Phyllis Kirk, David Wayne
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Lester is a clumsy and awkward TV repair man who is nevertheless gifted technically. In helping out a friend, he is drawn into a mystery involving a missing heir in a rich family. He begins... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Jerry Lewis, Joan O'Brien, Zachary Scott
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When he flunks out of med school, Jerome Littlefield goes to work as an orderly in a private rest home where he wreaks havoc for everyone concerned. Dr. Jean Howard is the exasperated head ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Jerry Lewis, Glenda Farrell, Susan Oliver
The Stooge (1951)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Egotistical vaudevillian Bill Miller basks in the limelight with his successful musical-comedy act, but his success is due to his unheralded second banana.

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Polly Bergen
Pardners (1956)
Comedy | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A rich momma's boy returns west with the son of his murdered father's partner to foil a gang trying to gain control of his family ranch.

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Lori Nelson
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When an aspiring barber becomes inadvertently involved in the theft of a valuable diamond, necessity forces him to masquerade as a 12 year-old child - with humorous consequences.

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Diana Lynn
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Rick Todd uses the dreams of his roommate Eugene as the basis for a successful comic book.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Shirley MacLaine
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
Monk
...
Police Captain Riley
...
Artie
Joe Corey ...
Harry (as Joseph Corey)
...
Patricia
...
Mr. Herman
Jefferson Searles ...
Mr. Crow
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Jerry Lewis Rockin' and Rollin' the world with laffs! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

3 July 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Damon and Pythius  »

Box Office

Budget:

$460,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the police officers is named "Sgt. Levitch". Jerry Lewis' real name is Joseph Levitch. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Delicatessen (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

By Myself
Written by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz
Sung by Jerry Lewis
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
What are you? And, what you wanna be?
2 July 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Sydney L. Pythias (Jerry Lewis), more juvenile than delinquent, is a janitor mistaken for a gang member whilst emptying out the garbage. Kindly police officer Mike Damon (Darren McGavin) tries to straighten him out by putting him through police training.

The role of Damon was earmarked for regular Lewis partner Dean Martin, but Martin allegedly refused to play a copper and the role was given to McGavin. Thus the film became notable for being the first solo film for Lewis away from his regular partner. They never worked together again. Written and directed by Don McGuire who works from a script based upon the Greek mythology legend of Damon and Pythias, the film also stars Martha Hyer, Robert Ivers and features a rare dramatic turn from comedian/impressionist Frank Gorshin. After the tremendous success of the Martin/Lewis partnership the big question of course would be if Lewis as a solo performer would be a big draw? The Delicate Delenquent was a massive success, made for under half a million dollars it went on to make almost $6 million. Thus launching Lewis on a lucrative solo career encompassing many more film's in the decades to come.

Very much a send up of teen rebel movies that were knocking about in the 50s {delinquency amongst teens was becoming a hot topic in the decade}, Lewis' movie is gentle blend of comedy and drama. Tho he doles out some of the gurning buffoon antics that were his comedy trait, Lewis does get to play it more restrained for much of the piece, and it works, none more so than with the warm and uplifting finale. With that in mind, newcomers to the movie should not expect a raucous Jerry Lewis piece. The comedy is good, with some scenes during the police academy training portion of the film, particularly enjoyable. While Jerry sings "By Myself," in cheeky recognition of his split-up with Dino. The romantic interest in the film comes via the beautiful Martha Hyer, who married Hal Wallis in 1966, the producer of the Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis films. And tho it's not a fully formed character, there's just enough material to let Hyer leave a favourable mark.

A long way from Lewis' best solo film {The Nutty Professor} but engaging enough on both its comedy and dramatic fronts. 6.5/10


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?