The Delinquents (1957)
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The thing that I love about this movie is that my generation can't really tell the "hoods" from the.."goods" I guess.. you know?. They're all wearing highwater khakis but it was the attitude that made em different. Good movie. I really enjoy 50's teenage angst movies.
A decade before Tom Laughlin would become famous for playing Billy Jack, he played Scotty Jack. Well, not exactly but he does play a cleancut teenager named Scotty who is in love with Janice a girl whose strict father disallows her to go steady with Scotty. Scotty gets angry and drives off to the drive-in by himself where he meets a gang of young toughs led by Cholly. Thinking the kids are o.k. he decides to trust Cholly and allow him to pickup Janice posing as her date so Scotty can see her. Problems arise because now Cholly wants to share his gangs festivities with Scotty who is beginning to get a bad feeling about his new pal. After Cholly's party gets raided by the cops Cholly's gang blames Scotty and seek revenge against the young man. This is one of those morality films complete with a narrator at the start and end of the film.
The Delinquents (1957) -- [4.0] -- Robert Altman made his directorial debut with this inauspicious teenaged rebellion romp. It's hard to find any of the qualities that would later define Altman's style here, but if you had to rip off "Rebel without a Cause," I suppose you could do worse. The acting is hit and miss (I'm being generous), the stakes aren't very high, and the opening/closing narration is hilariously bad.
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