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The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Music | 2 April 1951 (USA)
A New York City swindler has until Christmas to come up with the $10,000 he owes a gangster, prompting him to go into scamming overdrive.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oxford Charlie
Moose Moran
Straight Flush Tony
Sam the Surgeon
Little Louie
Singing Solly
Mrs. Feeney - The Bird Lady
Francis Pierlot ...
Henry Regan
Charles Cooley ...
Salvatore De Lorenzo ...
Street-corner Santa Claus (as Society Kid Hogan)


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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BOB HOPE - Marilyn MAXWELL IN THE LAUGH PANIC OF THE YEAR! (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »


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Release Date:

2 April 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hej tomtegubbar  »

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The plot has nothing in common with that of the Damon Runyon story 'The Lemon Drop Kid.' Other than the name of the main character, his taste for lemon drops and his role as a racetrack tout, the two stories are entirely different. See more »


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 »


Sidney Melbourne: Santy Claus don't drink.
Gloomy Willie: Oh, no? Well, how come he's always falling down chimleys?
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Silver Bells
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Marilyn Maxwell (uncredited) and Bob Hope (uncredited)
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"The Lemon Drop Kid" is from a story by Damon Runyon--and it's heritage is obvious based on the sorts of names for the characters, such as Stan the Surgeon, Moose Moran, Nellie Thursday and Straight Flush Tony. The title character is played by Bob Hope and he's a real schmuck. He makes his living, such as it is, by selling fake tips on horses at the racetrack. However, when he convinces a big-time mobster's girl to bet on a horse instead of the one she intended to bet on, the mobster (Fred Clark) is NOT happy. He insists that The Kid must pay him back by Christmas....or else. The problem is that The Lemon Drop Kid has no money and no friends--so he heads to New York to try to convince someone to loan him the money. But, he is a schmuck after all and none of his 'friends' in the city are willing to give him a dime. What's he to do....just wait to have his legs broken....if he's LUCKY?! Nah, he comes up with a scheme involving the creation of an old folks home and Santa. Confusing? See the film to find out why he does this and what's next.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable Hope vehicle. He's in top form and the movie is entertaining despite a few small glitches. For example, look for Bob Hope's lips as he 'sings' "Silver Bells" and tries to get money from some very little kids. You can clearly see that his lips AREN'T moving yet he's somehow singing! Oops. Despite this silly mistake, I must say that this is a lovely part of the film--a real highlight. Clever and worth your time.

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