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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
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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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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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Richard Libertini's film debut. 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

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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Spoofed in Get Smart: The Day They Raided the Knights (1969) 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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