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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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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
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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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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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9 May 1969 (Italy)  »

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The Night They Invented Striptease  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Stock footage shown in reverse. Shot from raised track after Rachel is first seen looking out train window in opening sequence shows old, B/W footage of people walking on street below. As train "approaches" the street corner below, a man can be seen walking backwards. See more »

Quotes

Chick Williams: [Haggling with junk dealer Fliegelmann over a prop snake they need for the show] He's got one snake left. Six bucks.
Raymond Paine: [preoccupied with Rachel] Great, let's take it. He can send it to the theater.
Chick Williams: [bargaining light-heartedly] I think six is too much. You're too high, Fliegelmann, I will not pay it.
Raymond Paine: You tell him, Chick.
Mr. Flegelman: I get six for them all the time.
Chick Williams: It's not worth more than four. Down the street, I saw it for three.
Mr. Flegelman: Well, so, go buy it down the street.
Chick Williams: I would, but they're all out.
Mr. Flegelman: If I was all ...
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in That Girl: The Night They Raided Daddy's (1970) 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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A delightful and memorable nostalgic comedy
2 February 2001 | by (Seminole, FL) – See all my reviews

This film succeeds in both areas, comedy and nostalgia. It captures the period it portrays in wonderful fashion, with a very enthusiastic cast. I consider it one of the best cast movies I've ever seen, from the lead actors to the bit roles. Many classic burlesque routines are included, some of them done on the burlesque stage and some worked into the movie's dialogue. If you're in the mood for a comedy with a bit of feeling for another period in abundance, you can't do much better than this!


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