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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)  »

Also Known As:

The Night They Invented Striptease  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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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

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

Rachel Schpitendavel: About the protuberances, papa. I think the Lord might feel different from you, since He's the one who gave me them.
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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 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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one of the best
3 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie captures the time period so beautifully and is the only movie I've ever seen that does so with this genre, it must be accepted as exceptional. The cinematography is very good, the acting excellent, the story very good, and the music perfect. The final touches are real burlesque acts in their entirety, great side acts not part of the stage yet depicting burlesque, great tension (the Amish father, Minskys father, and the threat of closing the theater down for moral reasons), and most of all seeing the movie through the eyes of a titillated Amish virgin, create the kind of perfection rarely seen in cinema. I saw this movie 35 years ago and forgot about it. I just viewed it and realize it deserves to be recognized as exceptional. Not a discarded movie rarely seen on cable.


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