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

Christmas Spoiled in 3 Minutes, Santa Cancels Worldwide Tour
 (From NextMovie. 20 December 2010, 7:50 AM, PST)

Votd: 50 Christmas Movie Spoilers in 3 Minutes
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Simply lovely con artist caper delivering mirth for the yuletide season. See more (23 total) »


  (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 »
Continuity: When there is a lots of snow, objects in the distance look hazy. On the street just before Bob Hope gets pulled back, it is clear in the distance, plus no vehicles parked or driving by have snow on them.See more »
Gloomy Willie:You're sweet too, pickle-nose... bring the chair.See more »
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18 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Simply lovely con artist caper delivering mirth for the yuletide season., 4 March 2008
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

The Lemon Drop Kid is directed by Sidney Lanfield (Frank Tashlin uncredited) and based on the short story of the same name written by Damon Runyon (Edmund Beloin adapting). It stars Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell, Lloyd Nolan, Jane Darwell, Andrea King & Fred Clark.

It's perhaps a bit unfair to call it purely a Christmas movie? But watching it during the festive holiday season itself more than doubles the impact of the viewing. Bob Hope is The Lemon Drop Kid, a scam artist who during one of his cons at the race track finds himself in debt to a gangster for $10,000. If he doesn't find the money by Christmas day then he's going to be done for in a very grizzly way. We then follow the intrepid Hope on his various escapades to get the money; no mater how morally corrupt it be! A charity scam in the name of an old peoples home brings about much mirth and frivolity, and as the film twists as much as Hope does in his energetic scenes, it leave us with a delightful feel good seasonal offering. The lead cast are fine, with Hope in his element with the material to hand, while Marilyn Maxwell is perfect foil for Hope in the lead female role that calls for gusto and sentiment to be layered equally. While the final cherry on this lovely yuletide cake comes with the Hope/Maxwell rendition of "Silver Bells" that underpins the Christmas flavour of the piece.

It's unlikely to impress hardcore Runyon followers, and those that don't buy into Hope's form of comedy are probably best to avoid it. But for many folk, myself included, The Lemon Drop Kid is a 10/10 film, particularly at the Crimble season.

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