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St. Benny the Dip (1951)

 -  Comedy  -  24 August 1951 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Dick Haymes ...
Benny
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Linda Kovacs
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Matthew
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Monk Williams
Freddie Bartholomew ...
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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Redemption
25 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Regarding the previous comment about being unable to see St. Benny the Dip as a parody of Les Miserables, I, too, do not see a parody. I do see, however, an homage to Les Miserable. There is in both works the common theme of redemption. In the same way the priest in Les Miserables covers for Jean Valjean and gracefully provides for him, so, too, does the priest in St. Benny the Dip provide for our three scoundrels, and that gracious act in the same way begins the process of redemption. True, Jean Valjean was not the scoundrel that Benny, Matthew, and Monk are, but they, like Valjean move from outside the law to inside the law.

Grace begets grace.


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