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The Delinquents (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 March 1957 (USA)
A frustrated young man, separated from his younger girlfriend, gets involved in a juvenile gang.

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Robert Altman

Writer:

Robert Altman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Laughlin ... Scotty
Peter Miller ... Cholly
Richard Bakalyan ... Eddy
Rosemary Howard Rosemary Howard ... Janice
Helen Hawley Helen Hawley ... Mrs. White
Leonard Belove Leonard Belove ... Mr. White
Lotus Corelli Lotus Corelli ... Mrs. Wilson
James Lantz James Lantz ... Mr. Wilson
Christine Altman Christine Altman ... Sissy
George Mason Kuhn George Mason Kuhn ... Jay
Pat Stedman Pat Stedman ... Meg
Norman Zands Norman Zands ... Chizzy
James Leria James Leria ... Steve
Jet Pinkston Jet Pinkston ... Molly
Kermit Echols 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 Screen's Most Shocking Expose' of the Baby Faces Who Have Just Taken Their First Stumbling Step Down Sin Street USA! See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Delikventi See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Press-kits encouraged theater management to hire local teens to stand in front of the theater with signs of protest saying "not all of todays youths are like The Delinquents". See more »

Goofs

About the 13:30 mark, when Scotty (Tom Laughlin) is being invited out of Janice's house by her dad, the front door (interior) is a beautiful leaded glass number. As he walks away from the house (exterior) the door is solid. Not Glass. See more »

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Narrator: The story you are about to see is about violence and immorality - teenage violence and immorality, children trapped in the half-world between adolescence and maturity - their struggle to understand, their need to be understood. Perhaps in its rapid progression into the material world, man has forgotten the spiritual values which are the moral fiber of a great nation: decency, respect, fair play... Perhaps he has forgotten to teach these values to his own; he has forgotten to teach his children ...
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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
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Decent Drama
29 April 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee 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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