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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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Mary Murphy obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 3 June 2011, 6:57 AM, PDT)

50 Christmas Movie Spoilers in 3 Minutes!
 (From GeekTyrant. 20 December 2010, 8:09 AM, PST)

Christmas Spoiled in 3 Minutes, Santa Cancels Worldwide Tour
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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 (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)
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?

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


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Seamless Hope Comedy, 29 July 2013
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

Delightful Damon Runyon vehicle for Hope's nervy brand of comedy. Nobody was better with throw-away lines than Hope on the edge of ruin. Here he's an ethics impaired racehorse tout who owes a bunch of money to baldy bad guy Fred Clark, and he better pay up or it's a premature burial. So what does he do—he milks money on behalf of old Broadway ladies with a retirement home scheme. With Hope we know how that'll turn out.

Meanwhile, there're all sorts of amusing set-ups where his Lemon Drop Kid nervously stays one step ahead of debt collectors with guns. (I love it when the two little girls help the struggling Kid up the windswept city street.) Naturally, a Runyon story provides a mob of colorful characters, including old ladies best not messed with. Then there's shapely blonde Marilyn Maxwell (otherwise known as Marilyn Monroe with her clothes on) to furnish eye candy and romantic interest for the beleaguered Kid. Plus, midway through, she trills a picture perfect rendition of Silver Bells that unsurprisingly became a holiday standard thanks to this movie.

Thanks also to Sidney Lanfield and his seamless direction, the film's another of the great family comedies Hope made (sans Crosby) in the late 40's and early 50's.

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