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The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 2 April 1951 (USA)
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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Oxford Charlie
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Stella
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Moose Moran
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Straight Flush Tony
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Sam the Surgeon
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Little Louie
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Singing Solly
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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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Bob Hope makes those "Silver Bells" ring out...With all the wonderful guys and gals of Damon Runyan's Broadway! 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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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The song "Silver Bells" originally was called "Tinkle Bells" until the wife of one of the composers pointed out that tinkle was also slang for urinate. See more »

Goofs

When Bob Hope is fighting the winter storm walking up the street, the wire pulling him back is visible as well as where it pulls him on the back of the jacket. See more »

Quotes

Sidney Melbourne: Santy Claus don't drink.
Gloomy Willie: Oh, no? Well, how come he's always falling down chimleys?
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Soundtracks

Silver Bells
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Marilyn Maxwell (uncredited) and Bob Hope (uncredited)
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A Damon Runyon Christmas
21 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is a terrific Christmas movie for adults, since it revolves around money and debt. Bob Hope is a racetrack tout who, for too many reasons worth going into here, winds up owing a gangster ten large during the Yuletide season, and comes up with an ingenious way to raise the cash. Hope fits in reasonably well with the general scheme (so to speak) of this Damon Runyon story, and Marilyn Maxwell is gorgeous. In able support are William Frawley, Sid Melton, Ben Welden and a gaggle of other big city types without whom this kind of movie can't work. Thanks in large part to them, it does. Only Lloyd Nolan, as Oxford Charlie, seems wrong for this one. His movie persona was too inflexible for Runyon antics. Maybe Brod Crawford wasn't available. But this is a minor quibble. The movie is a delight.


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