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The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968)

 -  Comedy  -  22 December 1968 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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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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If You Can't Stand The Terrific Girls (10 Count 'Em 10) There's Always The Comics See more »

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Rated PG-13 for suggestive content and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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22 December 1968 (USA)  »

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The Night They Invented Striptease  »

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Trivia

Because of the excessive overtime generated by shooting around the death of Bert Lahr, Norman Lear gave gifts of initialed Tiffany silver money clips to many of the crew members, at the wrap party. See more »

Goofs

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: Louis Minsky, are thee father to the Minsky what has the theater?
Louis Minsky: Yes.
Jacob Schpitendavel: If I were thee, I would thrash thy son to within an inch of his life.
Louis Minsky: You are not me, and you may still do it.
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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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Perfect Gentleman
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Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
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A curiously innocent Mulligan stew of bawdy humor and music.
4 April 2000 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

This can be a wonderful guilty pleasure, as it mixes a little (and I mean a little) skin, music hall numbers, traditional burlesque routines, a slightly salacious backstage story, and film-style slapstick.

Jason Robards and Norman Wisdom are a very convincing comedy team, although Robards is a bit dark. Give the actor and the filmmakers credit for maintaining the character as a ruthless SOB and not trying to make this guy cute and lovable.

You'll also see Bert Lahr (the Cowardly Lion) in his last film performance, which had to be truncated as he died during production (his role would have been more important and added a touch of surrealism). Also on hand is Elliott Gould, in pre-"Bob, Carol, Ted & Alice" days as a sweet schnook (and the title character), as well as Forrest Tucker as a gangster, Jack Burns as a candy butcher (that's the guy who sells the crummy boxes of candy that MIGHT have a watch in them--and if you believe that...,) Denholm Elliott (Indiana Jones' friend) as the guy who conducts the raid, as well as some real burlesque dancers and comics from the old days.

Adams and Strouse, who wrote BYE BYE BIRDIE contribute a small group of peppy songs, including "From Head To Toe You're A Gentleman" a duet for Robards and Wisdom (the latter a beloved variety star in Britain) and the immortal production number, "Take Ten Terrific Girls But Only Nine Costumes And You're Cooking Up Something Grand."

Britt Ekland inadvertently invents the striptease (it's complicated, read the plot synopsis), but reliable rumor and legend is that the breasts on display belong to a double. Incidentally, the nudity here is about as extensive as in Titanic, so if your kids have already seen that, this will not corrupt them.

The fact is the whole thing is a curiously innocent Mulligan stew of comedy and music, given its subject matter.

Norman Lear wrote and produced in his pre-ALL IN THE FAMILY DAYS, and William Friedkin directed in his pre-FRENCH CONNECTION days. According to the book "WHEN THE SHOOTING'S DONE THE CUTTING BEGINS" by Ralph Rosenblum, the film's editor, Friedkin shot the film indifferently and left immediately. Rosenblum spent the best part of a year recutting the film with the blessing of United Artists production chief David Picker. Rosenblum uses a technique of editing in hokey old silent footage to indicate to the audience that no one is taking the story too seriously, which lifts the curse over some purple writing and acting. Also Rosenblum seems to have invented a trick of mixing authentic B&W archive footage with new footage printed in black and white, which suddenly switches to color. This is an exciting and startling effect the first couple of times, but it is a bit overplayed.

Anyway, this film is better than you probably think it is, and better than it needs to be. Give it a look, it couldn't hurt.


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