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The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)

 -  Comedy | Music | Romance  -  2 April 1951 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sidney Milburn aka The Lemon Drop Kid
Marilyn Maxwell ...
'Brainey' Baxter
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Oxford Charlie
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Nellie Thursday
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Stella
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Moose Moran
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Straight Flush Tony
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Gloomy Willie
Harry Bellaver ...
Sam the Surgeon
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Little Louie
Ben Welden ...
Singing Solly
Ida Moore ...
Mrs. Feeney - The Bird Lady
Francis Pierlot ...
Henry Regan
Charles Cooley ...
Goomba
Salvatore De Lorenzo ...
Street-corner Santa Claus (as Society Kid Hogan)
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Storyline

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 Erica Schulman <ens1@psuvm.psu.edu>

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Damon Runyan's zaniest Broadway characters come alive with fun...especially the Lemon Drop Kid (Bob, natch!) See more »

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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2 April 1951 (USA)  »

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Hej tomtegubbar  »

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Trivia

"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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Gloomy Willie: What's a cow doing inside a house?
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Soundtracks

It Doesn't Cost a Dime To Dream
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Bob Hope (uncredited) and Marilyn Maxwell (uncredited)
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Seamless Hope Comedy
29 July 2013 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

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 do—he 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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