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The Lemon Drop Kid -- Bob Hope stars as Sidney Melbourne (a/k/a "The Lemon Drop Kid"), a con man who offers a friendly "sure thing" horse tip to the girlfriend of mobster Moose Moran.


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Edmund Beloin (story)
Irving Elinson (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
2 April 1951 (USA) See more »
Bob Hope makes those "Silver Bells" ring out...With all the wonderful guys and gals of Damon Runyan's Broadway! See more »
When the Lemon Drop Kid accidentally steers Moose Moran's girl away from a winning bet, he is forced... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bob Hope ... Sidney Milburn aka The Lemon Drop Kid
Marilyn Maxwell ... 'Brainey' Baxter

Lloyd Nolan ... Oxford Charlie

Jane Darwell ... Nellie Thursday

Andrea King ... Stella

Fred Clark ... Moose Moran

Jay C. Flippen ... Straight Flush Tony

William Frawley ... Gloomy Willie
Harry Bellaver ... Sam the Surgeon

Sid Melton ... 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)
Harry Shannon ... John (policeman)
Bernard Szold ... Honest Harry
Tor Johnson ... Super Swedish Angel (wrestler)
Tom Dugan ... No Thumbs Charlie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sid Tomack ... Groom (scenes deleted)
Harry Wilson ... Courtroom Spectator (unconfirmed)
Eric Alden ... Policeman (uncredited)
Stanley Andrews ... Judge Wilkinson (uncredited)
Richard Barron ... Young Doctor (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Man Leaving Men's Room (uncredited)

Billie Bird ... Racetrack Bettor on Iron Bar (uncredited)

Oliver Blake ... Racetrack Bettor on Iron Bar (uncredited)
Hazel Boyne ... Larue Sister (uncredited)
Helen Brown ... Ellen (uncredited)
John Brown ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Benny Burt ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Rosalee Calvert ... Dancer (uncredited)
Sue Carlton ... Dancer (uncredited)
Bill Cartledge ... Jerry - Jockey (uncredited)
Anna Chandler ... Gambler (uncredited)
Ray Cooke ... Willie (uncredited)
Lorraine Crawford ... Dancer (uncredited)
Roger Creed ... Mug (uncredited)
Wade Crosby ... Policeman (uncredited)
Isabel Cushin ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jim Davies ... Gym Attendant (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Gambler (uncredited)
Mike Donovan ... Bartender (uncredited)

John Doucette ... Muscleman (uncredited)
Jimmie Dundee ... Hoodlum (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Racetrack Policeman (uncredited)
Don Dunning ... Mug (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ... Woman in Home (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ... Passerby on Street (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Police Captain Swain (uncredited)
Robert Foulk ... Victim (uncredited)
Barbara Freking ... Dancer (uncredited)
Slim Gaut ... Prof. Murdock (uncredited)
Roy Gordon ... Judge (uncredited)
Fred Graff ... Pimlico Pete (uncredited)
John Grant ... Mug (uncredited)
Charmienne Harker ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jim Hayward ... George (uncredited)
Hallene Hill ... Woman in Home (uncredited)
Henry Hope ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bee Humphries ... Woman in Home (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Oxford Charlie's Henchman (uncredited)
Tommy Ivo ... Dick Daniels - Boy Scout on Bicycle (uncredited)
Jerry James ... Waiter / Gambler (uncredited)
Richard Karlan ... Maxie (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Man at Racetrack (uncredited)
Lola Kendrick ... Dancer (uncredited)
Victor Kilian ... Mr. Egan - Landlord (uncredited)
Geraldine Knapp ... Dancer (uncredited)

Jack Kruschen ... Muscleman (uncredited)
Nolan Leary ... Accountant (uncredited)
Ralph Littlefield ... Professor (uncredited)
Kate MacKenna ... Larue Sister (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Vivian Mason ... Singer-Dancer (uncredited)
Allen Mathews ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Joe McTurk ... Santa Shooting Craps (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Race Track Patron (uncredited)
John 'Skins' Miller ... The Drunk (uncredited)
Mary Moder ... Holly Seller (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Jailer (uncredited)
Pat Moran ... Mug (uncredited)
Patsy Moran ... Mrs. Baumgarten (uncredited)
Jerry Mullins ... Little Boy (uncredited)
Diana Mumby ... Dancer (uncredited)
Mary Murphy ... Girl (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Patsy O'Byrne ... Woman in Home (uncredited)
Bob O'Connor ... Houlihan Bartender (uncredited)
Emory Parnell ... Man bumped into on street (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Mug (uncredited)
Joe Recht ... Pageboy (uncredited)

Bruce Riley ... Clerk (uncredited)
John Roberts ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Michael Ross ... Oxford Charlie's Henchman (uncredited)
Gene Roth ... Oxford Charlie's Butler (uncredited)
Wally Russell ... Mug (uncredited)
Almira Sessions ... Mrs. Santoro (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Hoodlum (uncredited)
Bill Sheehan ... Dance Director (uncredited)
Douglas Spencer ... Skinny Santa Claus (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Hoodlum (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Courtroom Spectator / Policeman (uncredited)
Harry Tyler ... Santa Claus (uncredited)
Bill Varga ... Wrestler (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Rupert - Pawnbroker (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Mug (uncredited)

Anthony Warde ... Thoughtful Man (uncredited)
Gil Warren ... Police Clerk (uncredited)
Jean Whitney ... Friend of Brainy (uncredited)
Patricia Wright ... Dancer (uncredited)
Guy Zanette ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Fred Zendar ... South Street Benny (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Lanfield 
Frank Tashlin (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Edmund Beloin  story
Irving Elinson  additional dialogue
Edmund L. Hartmann 
Robert O'Brien 
Damon Runyon  story
Frank Tashlin 

Produced by
Robert L. Welch .... producer
Original Music by
Victor Young 
Cinematography by
Daniel L. Fapp 
Film Editing by
Archie Marshek 
Art Direction by
Franz Bachelin 
Hal Pereira 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Ross Dowd 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Charles Berner .... makeup artist
Ted Larsen .... makeup artist
Gertrude Reade .... hair stylist
Lenore Weaver .... hair stylist
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Frank Caffey .... production manager
Richard Johnston .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Salven .... assistant director
Sound Department
Don McKay .... sound recordist
Walter Oberst .... sound recordist
William Sosteleo .... sound
Howard Beals .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Paul K. Lerpae .... special effects (as Paul Lerpae)
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Levine .... costumer
Ruth Stella .... costumer
Music Department
Joseph J. Lilley .... vocal arranger
Troy Sanders .... music advisor
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Van Cleave .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Claire Behnke .... script supervisor
Len Hendry .... dance director

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

"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 »
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Sidney Melbourne:Santy Claus don't drink.
Gloomy Willie:Oh, no? Well, how come he's always falling down chimleys?
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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Lemon Drops With Silver Bells, 17 September 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Lemon Drop Kid is the second of two films Bob Hope did from stories based on Damon Runyon's colorful collection of characters, the first being Sorrowful Jones. Sidney Melbourne known to one and all as The Lemon Drop Kid for his inordinate fondness for lemon flavored candy is a fellow who lives by his wits as a race track tout.

Sometimes our hero is too clever by a half and when he gives the wrong tip to gambler Fred Clark's girl friend, Andrea King, Clark says that Hope owes him ten thousand dollars, the amount the horse would have paid him.

Things move fast and furious as Hope evolves a scheme to raise the money by starting a home for little old ladies named for Jane Darwell. Hope gets everyone in his set involved including his long suffering girl friend, Marilyn Maxwell.

Maxwell, who was reputedly involved romantically with Hope during the shooting of this film, plays a part almost identical to Runyon's better known Adelaide from Guys and Dolls.

Of course this film is famous for introducing that modern Christmas classic Silver Bells by Bob and Marilyn. And in an act that some might consider charity, that other well known Paramount star, Bing Crosby made a hit record of it with his radio girl singer of the moment Carole Richards.

In his musical autobiography record Bing said that he thought the secret of Silver Bells popularity is that it is an urban based song with its images of department stores, kid's rushing, and above all the bustle the sound of bells from street corner Santas. The song fits in real nice in the film with Hope's scheme involving his fellow street people in Santa Claus suits collecting for that little old ladies home.

Silver Bells got nominated for Best song, but lost to that other Paramount film song In the Cool Cool Cool of the Evening introduced by Bing Crosby.

Still the popularity of Jay Livingston and Ray Evans classic modern holiday ballad will insure people will be watching The Lemon Drop Kid for years to come.

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