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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

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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Os Delinqüentes  »

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$65,000 (estimated)

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$1,000,000 (USA)
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For the party scene in the mansion, director Robert Altman rented an old house in Kansas City, MO. Once all extras were assembled in the house, Altman instructed them to act like they were having the wildest party of their lives, while he moved the camera from room to room. The extras didn't know when the camera was going, they were just having a wild party. See more »

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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 »

Soundtracks

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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Nifty Fiftys Flick
8 November 2009 | by (Tecumseh ok) – See all my reviews

Regardless of what some of the other uninformed reviewers here may think, this is a great little picture of the 1950s teen scene.

Of course we don't have the budget or production values of Dean's "Rebel" but the compact story and action move along swiftly.

It's interesting to watch such a young Billy Jack, and of course Dick Bakalyan turns in a great performance of, what else, a punk.

And yes some of the other cast members, besides Lauglin, DID continue on in the business quite successfully...Miller stayed busy, finally landing a recurring role in a soap, and all you have to do is turn your set on any time any day and you can find Bakalyan in something, the guy must be filthy rich.

A good flick.


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