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The Delinquents (1957)

 -  Drama  -  1 March 1957 (USA)
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A frustrated young man, separated from his younger girlfriend, gets involved in a juvenile gang.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Scotty
Peter Miller ...
Cholly
Richard Bakalyan ...
Eddy
Rosemary Howard ...
Janice
Helen Hawley ...
Mrs. White
Leonard Belove ...
Mr. White
Lotus Corelli ...
Mrs. Wilson
James Lantz ...
Mr. Wilson
Christine Altman ...
Sissy
George Mason Kuhn ...
Jay
Pat Stedman ...
Meg
Norman Zands ...
Chizzy
James Leria ...
Steve
Jet Pinkston ...
Molly
Kermit Echols ...
Bartender
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Scotty White (age 19) must stop 'going steady' with Janice Wilson (age 16) when Janice's parents intervene. Frustrated, idle and without Janice's restraining influence, Scotty encounters Cholly and his band of disorganized, fun-loving delinquents. Soon he has Janice (who seems considerably the more mature of the two) mixed up in their doings, which begin to seem less and less like harmless fun... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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1 March 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Os Delinqüentes  »

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$65,000 (estimated)

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$1,000,000 (USA)
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In August 1957, this film was being being shown on a double bill with Night Passage (1957) starring James Stewart and Audie Murphy. See more »

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[last lines]
Narrator: This is one story. Who's to blame? The answers are not easy, nor are they pleasant. We are all responsible, and it's our responsibility not to look the other way. Violence and immorality like this must be controlled, channeled. Citizens everywhere must work against delinquency, just as they work against cancer, cerebral palsy, or any other crippling disease. For delinquency is a disease. But the remedies are available: patience, compassion, understanding, and respect for parental ...
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Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Robert Altman (2001) See more »

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A Porter's Love Song to a Chambermaid
Written by James P. Johnson and Andy Razaf
Performed by the Bill Nolan Quintet Minus Two
Sung by Julia Lee in the opening sequence
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14 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Familiar story of nice guy Scotty (Tom Laughlin) and his sweet girlfriend Janice (Rosemary Howard) being taken in by a gang of hoods led by Bill (Peter Miller). This is the type of movie which shows bad behaviour as being smoking, drinking and starting fights. I know I was in trouble when it starts off with a narrator telling the audience that this is a cautionary tale of where their kids might end up! I saw this only because it was Robert Altman's first film--he wrote, produced and directed it. It was made on a VERY low budget and it shows. It's horribly edited with inappropriate music cues (there's some thundering music when Scotty just comes out of a cab!). Also the script has lapses--especially when Bill inexplicably wants to help Scotty. Why? There's no rhyme or reason. For some reason Bill acts like he's sexually attracted to Scotty! All the actors were unknowns when this was made. The only one that went on to become famous was Laughlin when 15 years later he did "Billy Jack". As it is his acting here is actually pretty good. He's obviously WAY too old for his role but he's handsome and muscular and has a lengthy shirtless scene. Howard as his girlfriend is just awful. Whiny and obnoxious. This was her only film--it's easy to see why. Miller wasn't bad as the head of the gang and everyone else was OK. This is really of interest only as Altman's first film. Other than that it's just a run of the mill "bad boys" film that was done countless times in the 1950s.


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