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The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968)

M | | Comedy | 9 May 1969 (Italy)
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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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
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Candy Butcher
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Professor Spats
Gloria LeRoy ...
Mae Harris
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Scratch
Dexter Maitland ...
Duffy
Lillian Hayman ...
Singer in Speakeasy
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Pockets (as Dick Libertini)
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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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In 1925 there was this real religious girl, and by accident -- she invented the striptease. This real religious girl. See more »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Tony Curtis was offered the role of Raymond Paine but declined due to disagreements over the script and was replaced at a month's notice by Jason Robards. The role of Billy Minsky was offered to a young Alan Alda but he was unavailable due to his commitment to "The Apple Tree" on Broadway. See more »

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In the closeup of Rachele's breasts, her hair lies over her left shoulder. When the camera shows her face and upper torso in the next shot, her hair is not over her shoulder. See more »

Quotes

Jacob Schpitendavel: I need your help, Louis Minsky. My daughter will not be welcome in my home if she stays the night to dance upon your son's stage. There is a train in 51 minutes. You must tell your son to see she is on it.
Louis Minsky: You see this chair? Tell it to dance. See if it listens. That's how much my Billy listens to me.
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The words in the title flash on the screen individually in between shots of the raiding vice cops. See more »

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Referenced in Alice: The Night They Raided Debbie's (1985) See more »

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Perfect Gentleman
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Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
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Why Don't You All Love This Film?
6 May 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Why doesn't everybody just love this movie? It is one of most delightful comedies that I have ever seen. I saw it when it first came out in the cinema and watched it three times that first week and at least four times since.

It is a very stylized movie, with an introductory narration right out of the 1920's. The style carries right through the film, with wonderful vaudeville routines. The "girls" are not particularly beautiful and are, by current standards a little overweight. Also they seem to be going through the motions with a variety of personalities. They do not have beautiful singing voices and they do not dance in perfect synchronization but nobody, especially them, seems to care. Burlesque is, after all, light entertainment. The comedy skits are very simple and unintelligent but they are performed with great panache. Sir Norman Wisdom (born 1915), the great British stage and screen clown of the Charlie Chaplin ilk, and Jason Robards Jr., the dapper Oscar-winning, American actor of the classic stage are the two central male characters and are both attracted to the beautiful Amish girl who has left home to dance stories from the Bible on stage. Wisdom is a master clown and can move in ways that are magically humorous. Burlesque has two meanings, with two spellings: - a humorous and provocative stage show featuring slapstick humour, comic skits, bawdy songs, striptease acts, and a scantily clad female chorus. (Burlesk) - an artistic composition, especially literary or dramatic, that, for the sake of laughter, vulgarizes lofty material or treats ordinary material with mock dignity. (Burlesque) The movie is a burlesque about burlesk. It also makes fun of religion, stage performances, censorship, prudery, friendship, business, fraud, crime, police, audience intelligence, class distinction, love, seduction, hypocrisy, etc. The mood is intense from start to finish, with several collages of scenes from the past and the movie's present. When I was not laughing out loud, I was laughing inside. The comedy on the stage is very elementary but the comedy in the story is often quite subtle and intelligent. Back to the initial question — I think that the movie may be too stylized for many people to enjoy, especially since the style has long been almost extinct. But if one accepts the style and allows oneself to become immersed in it and flow with it, the movie can be great.


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