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The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968)

A naive Amish young woman runs away from her home in Pennsylvania to New York City where she hopes to act in religious stage plays but ends up performing in Burlesque theatre.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Raymond Paine
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Rachel Schpitendavel
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Chick Williams
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Trim Houlihan
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Jacob Schpitendavel
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Louis Minsky
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Vance Fowler
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Billy Minsky
Jack Burns ...
Candy Butcher
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Professor Spats
Gloria LeRoy ...
Mae Harris
Eddie Lawrence ...
Scratch
Dexter Maitland ...
Duffy
Lillian Hayman ...
Singer in Speakeasy
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Pockets (as Dick Libertini)
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Storyline

Rachel arrives in New York from her Amish community intent on becoming a dancer. Unfortunately Billy Minsky's Burlesque is hardly the place for her Dances From The Bible. But the show's comedian Raymond sees a way of wrong-footing the local do-gooders by announcing the new Paris sensation "Mme Fifi" and putting on Rachel's performance as the place is raided. All too complicated, the more so since her father is scouring the town for her and both Raymond and his straight-man Chick are falling for Rachel. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Sometimes being a nice girl is too much to BARE! See more »

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22 December 1968 (USA)  »

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The Night They Invented Striptease  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The first cut of the film was considered disastrous by all involved. Editor Ralph Rosenblum worked for more than a year to save it, with director William Friedkin long gone. The extensive use of period film clips was Rosenblum's idea. The technique of returning from these clips to the movie by starting with a black-and-white version of a shot and changing to color was invented accidentally when the editor's assistant couldn't find the color copy of a piece of film fast enough. See more »

Goofs

When the actors smoke, they use filtered cigarettes. Most cigarettes of the era were non-filtered. Filters did not become popular until after the 1950s. See more »

Quotes

Scratch: [the classic "Crazy House" Burlesque sketch is presented on stage] What kind of a joint is this?
Minsky Girl playing Insane Asylum Nurse: Why, this is an asylum.
Scratch: Oh no.
Minsky Girl playing Insane Asylum Nurse: Don't be silly, sir. Crazy people can't hurt you.
Scratch: No, but they can make you hurt yourself!
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Crazy Credits

The words in the title flash on the screen individually in between shots of the raiding vice cops. See more »


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You Rat You
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Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
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3 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie captures the time period so beautifully and is the only movie I've ever seen that does so with this genre, it must be accepted as exceptional. The cinematography is very good, the acting excellent, the story very good, and the music perfect. The final touches are real burlesque acts in their entirety, great side acts not part of the stage yet depicting burlesque, great tension (the Amish father, Minskys father, and the threat of closing the theater down for moral reasons), and most of all seeing the movie through the eyes of a titillated Amish virgin, create the kind of perfection rarely seen in cinema. I saw this movie 35 years ago and forgot about it. I just viewed it and realize it deserves to be recognized as exceptional. Not a discarded movie rarely seen on cable.


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