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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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Sometimes being a nice girl is too much to BARE! 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

Burlesque legend Joey Faye was stand-in for the incomplete scenes of Bert Lahr, who passed away during filming. 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

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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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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Featured in Casting By (2012) See more »

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Take Ten Terrific Girls (But Only Nine Costumes)
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Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
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Love those Amish...
8 June 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Everyone may know William Friedkin for "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist", but this gem from before his heyday will always come to my mind. During the movie's first few minutes, you're not exactly sure where it's going, but then we meet Rachel Schpitendavel (Britt Ekland), an Amish woman who has just arrived in 1920's New York City. Not quite sure where to go in this bustling metropolis, she goes to Billy Minsky's Burlesque House. Of course, she doesn't know that burlesque involves some stuff that is perpetually anathema to the Amish lifestyle. But performer Raymond Paine (Jason Robards Jr) sees some real potential in her. Meanwhile, there are two forces at work against Rachel's potential success: her father has arrived in town to take her back to the farm, and the police are seeking to shut down the burlesque house.

Overall, "The Night They Raided Minsky's" is one of those nostalgia pieces that always has something coming. Interestingly, it was also a debut and farewell: Elliott Gould made his film debut playing Billy Minsky, and Bert "Cowardly Lion" Lahr plays a role too (he actually died while they were filming). Maybe this movie's not a masterpiece, but it's truly got something for everyone. Cool.


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