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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 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 HOODS OF TOMORROW! THE GUN MOLLS OF THE FUTURE! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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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)

Gross USA:

$1,000,000
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Mono
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Trivia

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 »

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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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 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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