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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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Storyline

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 Kids Who Live Today...As if There's No Tomorrow... See more »

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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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Budget:

$65,000 (estimated)
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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 »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Robert Altman (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Nifty Fiftys Flick
8 November 2009 | by buxSee 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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