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Release Date:
3 July 1957 (USA) See more »
Jerry Lewis Rockin' and Rollin' the world with laffs! See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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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 ... Mr. Crow
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jered Barclay ... Juvenile Delinquent (uncredited)
Joe Bassett ... Instructor Sergeant (uncredited)
Kenneth Becker ... Juvenile Delinquent (uncredited)
Alaina Capri ... Italian girl (uncredited)
Taggart Casey ... Casey (uncredited)
Helen Chapman ... Young Woman (uncredited)
Dominic Fidelibus ... Juvenile Delinquent (uncredited)

Frank Gorshin ... Wise Guy on Street (uncredited)
David Halper ... Boy (uncredited)
Frances Weintraub Lax ... Woman with Lamp (uncredited)
Jack Lomas ... Mr. Fox, Street Cleaner (uncredited)

Kenneth MacDonald ... Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ... Police Academy Drill Instructor (uncredited)

Hank Mann ... Mr. Kellin, Milkman (uncredited)

Rocky Marciano ... Rocky Marciano (uncredited)

Don McGuire ... Policeman (uncredited)
William Meader ... Bit Role (uncredited)

Don Megowan ... Policeman (uncredited)

Emile Meyer ... Sgt. Kelly (uncredited)
Jimmy Murphy ... Juvenile Delinquent (uncredited)

Emory Parnell ... Sgt. Levitch (uncredited)
James Parnell ... Cadet Chester A. Mizakowski (uncredited)

Jack Perrin ... Policeman (uncredited)
Michael Ross ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Irene Seidner ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Teru Shimada ... Togo's Japanese Interpreter (uncredited)
Mabel Smaney ... Fat Woman (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Kazuo Togo ... Lt. Hiko (uncredited)

Anthony Warde ... Police Academy Drill Instructor (uncredited)

Dave Willock ... Police Cadet William C. Goerner (uncredited)
Irene Winston ... Pregnant Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
Don McGuire 
Writing credits
Don McGuire 

Produced by
Jerry Lewis .... producer
Original Music by
Buddy Bregman 
Cinematography by
Haskell B. Boggs  (as Haskell Boggs)
Film Editing by
Howard A. Smith  (as Howard Smith)
Art Direction by
A. Earl Hedrick  (as Earl Hedrick)
Hal Pereira 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Ray Moyer 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair stylist
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Caffey .... assistant director
Sound Department
Winston H. Leverett .... sound recordist (as Winston Leverett)
Gene Merritt .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
Robert Fuller .... stunt double: Jerry Lewis (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sy Devore .... wardrobe: men
Music Department
Samuel Hoffman .... musician: theremin (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Van Cleave .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Nick Castle .... stager: music numbers
Jack Mintz .... assistant to producer
Crew believed to be complete

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101 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Sound Recording)
Finland:K-12 | Sweden:15 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2005) | USA:Approved (certificate #18341)

Did You Know?

After Hollywood or Bust (1956), this was to have been the next film for Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin. Martin did not want to be seen on screen in a police uniform and refused to do the film. Their partnership soon ended, so this film was Lewis' first solo effort. The part originally meant for Martin was given to Darren McGavin.See more »
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Jerry goes a simpering, sentimental tale with slapstick asides, 27 September 2016
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Apprentice maintenance worker is mentored by a good-hearted neighborhood cop who wants to get one kid from the streets on the right path in life. Writer-director Don McGuire apparently fashioned this comedy vehicle for the team of Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, but when Martin dropped out (and ended the partnership), Lewis took center stage--and appeared very comfortable in doing so. Unfortunately, McGuire's script (which shows evidence of tampering) allows Lewis too much room to do his act: self-pitying pathos, dumb/smart retorts, goofy faces and voices. The plot doesn't make much sense, anyway: officer Darren McGavin apparently thinks Lewis is a member of a street gang--but Lewis has a job and his own apartment, and there are no scenes to show McGavin realizing his subject isn't a delinquent at all (he just goes right on helping him...into the police academy!). Slick and well-produced in black-and-white, the picture mixes in 'funny' scenes for the kids (Lewis helping an eccentric tenant with his experiments, being picked in a self-defense demonstration by a Sumo wrestler) and also adds convenient ladies for both Lewis and McGavin. The narrative is lumpy (it's just a bunch of episodes strung together), but McGavin is surprisingly paternal with Lewis, which eventually leads to a curiously sober conclusion, one that won't please fans hoping for another wild Jerry Lewis outing. ** from ****

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