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No Deposit, No Return [Don Knotts]

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Editorial Review of No Deposit, No Return (1976) starring Don Knotts, Darren McGavin, David Niven —courtesy of

 Tracy and Jay Osborne’s mother is shipping the unwilling children off to their grandfather’s house for Easter vacation while she attends to business in Hong Kong. The children plot a trip to visit their mother and, with the help of Jay’s pet skunk, evade their grandfather and airport security to escape in a taxicab with two safe-cracking vandals. The foursome proceeds to stage a kidnapping – although just who kidnapped whom is up for debate.

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The Delicate Delinquent

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The Delicate Delinquent (1957) starring Jerry Lewis, Darren McGavin

 The Delicate Delinquent is Jerry Lewis’ first solo film without Dean Martin – but it’s worth watching for more than that.   In the title role, Jerry Lewis plays the part of Sidney Pythias. Sidney is mistaken for a gang member during a police round-up. Then a caring police officer named Damon, played by Darren McGavin, intercedes in the directionless young man’s life. For the better.   The movie was originally written for the team of Martin and Lewis. The title characters’ names referring to the Greek myth of Damon and Pythias, inseparable friends.   Darren McGavin does excellently in the role of Officer Damon, who is “bucking the system”. By trying to rehabilitate delinquents.

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