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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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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
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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 | Crime | Music | Romance

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2 April 1951 (USA)  »

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Hej tomtegubbar  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

William Frawley also appeared as William Dunhill in the 1934 version of The Lemon Drop Kid (1934). See more »

Goofs

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

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

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Soundtracks

They Obviously Want Me To Sing
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Bob Hope (uncredited)
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I have loved this movie for years.
16 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was only about five years old and I've loved it since. It epitomizes the typical good hearted man in a bad situation who undergoes a character transformation worthy of old Scrooge himself. Bob Hope plays a grifter who tries to play both sides of a scam. All of this is infused with just the right amount of holiday fun and Christmas Carols (and even a few cracks at Bing) to make it a real holiday classic. I would recommend it for any age and any family.


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