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When the Lemon Drop Kid accidentally steers Moose Moran's girl away from a winning bet, he is forced to come up with $10,000 to repay the angry gangster. Fortunately it's Christmas, a time when people can be persuaded to part with money for the right cause. Written by
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 10, 1951 with Bob Hope reprising his film role. See more »
When there is a lots of snow, objects in the distance look hazy. On the street just before Bob Hope gets pulled back, it is clear in the distance, plus no vehicles parked or driving by have snow on them. See more »
Delightful Damon Runyon vehicle for Hope's nervy brand of comedy. Nobody was better with throw-away lines than Hope on the edge of ruin. Here he's an ethics impaired racehorse tout who owes a bunch of money to baldy bad guy Fred Clark, and he better pay up or it's a premature burial. So what does he dohe milks money on behalf of old Broadway ladies with a retirement home scheme. With Hope we know how that'll turn out.
Meanwhile, there're all sorts of amusing set-ups where his Lemon Drop Kid nervously stays one step ahead of debt collectors with guns. (I love it when the two little girls help the struggling Kid up the windswept city street.) Naturally, a Runyon story provides a mob of colorful characters, including old ladies best not messed with. Then there's shapely blonde Marilyn Maxwell (otherwise known as Marilyn Monroe with her clothes on) to furnish eye candy and romantic interest for the beleaguered Kid. Plus, midway through, she trills a picture perfect rendition of Silver Bells that unsurprisingly became a holiday standard thanks to this movie.
Thanks also to Sidney Lanfield and his seamless direction, the film's another of the great family comedies Hope made (sans Crosby) in the late 40's and early 50's.
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