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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.


Robert Altman


Robert Altman




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


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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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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Robert Altman cuts Tom Laughlin loose in Kansas City
2 July 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

The opening voice-over warns "The Delinquents" will be a story of "teenage violence and immorality" in Kansas City, Missouri. Then, we meet hunky dark-eyed Tom Laughlin (as Scotty White). He and sweet-as-honey girlfriend Rosemary Howard (as Janice Wilson) - playing mid-teens - are ordered to stop seeing each other because they are too young. Upset, Mr. Laughlin goes out to a drive-in alone, and falls in with perpetually rebellious Peter Miller (as Cholly) and his sneaky sidekick Richard Bakalyan (as Eddy). They turn out to be part of what you could call the WRONG crowd. But, they act well. A closing narration pounds home the moralistic point.

Not a great film, but one obviously full of potential, which was in at least two cases, fully realized.

****** The Delinquents (3/1/57) Robert Altman ~ Tom Laughlin, Peter Miller, Richard Bakalyan, Rosemary Howard

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1 March 1957 (USA) See more »

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$65,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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