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The Delinquents (1957)

A frustrated young man, separated from his younger girlfriend, gets involved in a juvenile gang.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Scotty
Peter Miller ...
Cholly
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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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The "Baby-faces" who'have just taken their first stumbling step down Sin Street U.S.A,! See more »

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1 March 1957 (USA)  »

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$65,000 (estimated)

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$1,000,000 (USA)
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Alfred Hitchcock was impressed with this film. As a result, Robert Altman was hired to direct episodes of Hitchcock's TV series Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955). 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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The Dirty Rock Boogie
Written by Bill Nolan and Ronnie Norman
Performed by the Bill Nolan Quintet Minus Two
Sung by Julia Lee
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Decent Drama
29 April 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Delinquents, The (1957)

** (out of 4)

Tom Laughlin plays a good teenager who suffers heartbreak when he must break up with his girlfriend because her parents feels she's too young to go steady. The boy then gets mixed up with a group of delinquents, which could cost him his life. This here was director Altman's first feature length film and with that in mind the movie really isn't too bad. I've seen countless juvenile films from this era and a lot of them work because of their campy appeal but this film here doesn't have any of that. In fact, the thing plays pretty straight forward and Altman's direction is good enough to keep it out of the camp range. There are several problems with Altman's script including some stupid narration and the start and end of the film but the biggest problem is with the girlfriend character played by Rosemary Howard. For one thing, Howard gives a really bad performance and comes off quite annoying because of it. Another problem is that she's written as such a spoiled brat that it's hard for us to care about her problems with Laughlin. Laughlin turns in a pretty good performance as does Peter Miller as the leader of the gang. There's really nothing too groundbreaking here but the film remains mildly entertaining through its 72-minute running time.


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