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St. Benny the Dip (1951)

Approved | | Comedy | 24 August 1951 (USA)
A gang of con artists disguise themselves as clerics in order to pull off a job, but soon find that even pretending to be religious people is having an effect on them.

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Complete credited cast:
Dick Haymes ...
Benny
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Linda Kovacs
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Matthew
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Monk Williams
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Reverend Wilbur
Oskar Karlweis ...
Mr. Kovacs
William A. Lee ...
Police Sergeant Monahan
Dick Gordon ...
Reverend Miles (as Richard Gordon)
Jean Casto ...
Mrs. Mary Williams
Eddie Wells ...
Patrolman McAvoy
James Bender ...
House Detective
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A gang of con artists disguise themselves as clerics in order to pull off a job, but soon find that even pretending to be religious people is having an effect on them.

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Freddie Bartholomew's last film before retiring from acting. See more »

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When Linda talks about being an operatic star, Benny finishes pouring her drink and putting the bottle down twice in two different shots. See more »

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I Believe
Words and Music by Robert W. Stringer
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18 September 2004 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Considering its a Danziger Brothers poverty row production, St. Benny the Dip is blessed with a marvelous cast. Dick Haymes, Lionel Stander, and Cosmo Topper himself, Roland Young, play a trio of small time hoodlums who disguise themselves as priests to escape a police dragnet. Finding themselves in an abandoned Bowery mission, the threesome take their masquerade to extremes, holding services and feeding the poor. This marvelous tale of redemption also stars a luminous Nina Foch as love interest and Freddie Bartholomew in his final screen appearance. This is perhaps the first and so far only noir-comedy ever made, with some very fine black and white location photography by Don Malkames, whose career took him from Yiddish pictures to 'race' films. John Roeburt's screenplay is consistently intelligent and amusing. The film's low budget is apparent, but its clear everyone involved was working very hard to make a quality picture, and they succeeded.


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