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The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968)

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
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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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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Sometimes being a nice girl is too much to BARE! See more »

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22 December 1968 (USA)  »

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The Night They Invented Striptease  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Bert Lahr's part was intended to be larger, but the actor died during filming. See more »

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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

Rachel Schpitendavel: [Raymond is moving fast to seduce Rachel before he has to go on stage again] One thing I wish only. But then it is asking too much.
Raymond Paine: What?
Rachel Schpitendavel: I dreamed that the first time, there would be a sign to tell me it is right.
Raymond Paine: A sign?
Rachel Schpitendavel: From Him. A sign. The Lord moves in wondrous ways.
Raymond Paine: Yeah, well, uh, why do you want to talk about things like that? We're not here to pray.
[Rachel stiffens, and pulls away]
Raymond Paine: Hey, look, I've heard of everything, but a man and a woman with normal desires hanging around waiting for...
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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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Referenced in Alice: The Night They Raided Debbie's (1985) 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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Hey, Mr Producers....
24 February 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I will make this prediction NOW....that within 5 years we see THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED MINSKYS turned into a $100 per seat Broadway stage smash.......all the elements are there and like APPLAUSE or THE PRODUCERS one adds reworked or new songs and gives this bawdy burlesque treat a re tread. What this film is about, and the tawdry bump and grind style is a sitter for another go. Have another look at the film.......I'm right about this. Not a big success on first release, it eventually found an audience with THE PARTY, but somehow it is MINSKYS that is actually a better film and a more rewarding film. It was also Bert Lahr's final performance as he died during filming.


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