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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 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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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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SONGS: "Silver Bells" "They Obviously Want Me To Sing" "It Doesn't Cost A Dime To Dream" See more »

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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2 April 1951 (USA)  »

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Frank Tashlin (uncredited) directed about one third of the entire film. See more »

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Sidney rings bells while Brainey sings "Silver Bells." He's only holding two bells, but we hear at least four different ring notes. See more »

Quotes

Gloomy Willie: You're sweet too, pickle-nose... bring the chair.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Specs and the City (2014) See more »

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They Obviously Want Me To Sing
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Bob Hope (uncredited)
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Simply lovely con artist caper delivering mirth for the yuletide season.
4 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Lemon Drop Kid is directed by Sidney Lanfield (Frank Tashlin uncredited) and based on the short story of the same name written by Damon Runyon (Edmund Beloin adapting). It stars Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell, Lloyd Nolan, Jane Darwell, Andrea King & Fred Clark.

It's perhaps a bit unfair to call it purely a Christmas movie? But watching it during the festive holiday season itself more than doubles the impact of the viewing. Bob Hope is The Lemon Drop Kid, a scam artist who during one of his cons at the race track finds himself in debt to a gangster for $10,000. If he doesn't find the money by Christmas day then he's going to be done for in a very grizzly way. We then follow the intrepid Hope on his various escapades to get the money; no mater how morally corrupt it be! A charity scam in the name of an old peoples home brings about much mirth and frivolity, and as the film twists as much as Hope does in his energetic scenes, it leave us with a delightful feel good seasonal offering. The lead cast are fine, with Hope in his element with the material to hand, while Marilyn Maxwell is perfect foil for Hope in the lead female role that calls for gusto and sentiment to be layered equally. While the final cherry on this lovely yuletide cake comes with the Hope/Maxwell rendition of "Silver Bells" that underpins the Christmas flavour of the piece.

It's unlikely to impress hardcore Runyon followers, and those that don't buy into Hope's form of comedy are probably best to avoid it. But for many folk, myself included, The Lemon Drop Kid is a 10/10 film, particularly at the Crimble season.


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