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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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The Hoods Of Tomorrow! The Gun-Molls Of The Future! See more »

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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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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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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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Fall Out From The Bomb
21 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very seriously dated Prolog and Epilog Eisenhower era nonsense aside, there is some interesting and slick stuff in the middle of this JD (Juvenile Delinquent) Movie. The JD scare of the Fifties turned out to be mostly hype and a misunderstanding and misinterpretation of Progressive Evolution unleashed in the post War Younger Generation by Atomic Radiation (just kidding), but it did manifest itself nonetheless.

It seems the folks who fought and won the War wanted nothing more than to settle down and hatch some young-ins and enjoy the spoils. But they were not prepared for their Kids to spend their newly found pocket money on, God forbid, Monkey Music and Passion Pits (Drive-Ins). They even wanted to "go steady". So there was quite a hoopla about what and who to blame for all this "independent thought and rebellious attitudes". Kids these days.

So there was a lot of Social commentary about Rock n' Roll, Comic Books, and Communists brainwashing these innocents (no one mentioned TV, that was the flickering glue that kept good Folks home with its radiating hypnogogia).

The celebrated Maverick, Robert Altman's first Film, is better than most of its ilk. There are some touches that are remarkable. Some bloodletting and a vicious fist fight in the Kitchen and a forced liquor overdose in the Living Room (contrasting Suburban Sanctuaries). The Movie is more accomplished than other low-budget Teensploitations and is quite compelling at times and is definitely worth a view for its time-stamped allure and for the Rookie Writer/Director.


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