The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968) - Plot Summary Poster

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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>
  • 1925. Not truly comprehending what she is doing, Rachel Schpitendavel leaves her Amish Pennsylvania home to head to the National Winter Garden Theater in New York City to become a dancer. The dances she wants to perform are reenactments of Bible stories. The National Wintergarden Theater she stumbles upon in the Lower East Side is owned by Louis Minsky, and houses his son Billy Minsky's revue, Minsky's Burlesque. She meets the show's headlining act, Raymond Paine and Chick Williams, both men who fall for her. While Chick wants to protect her both by showing her what burlesque really is and by getting her away from the show, Raymond believes she is the answer to one of Billy's biggest problems, namely Vance Fowler, who feels the show is amoral and wants it shut down. Without telling Rachel what it actually means, Raymond wants to advertise Rachel as Mlle. Fifi for the midnight show, her performance advertised as the stuff that has driven all of Paris wild by its lewdness. As Raymond anticipates that Fowler will call in the police to shut the show down, Fowler will be too embarrassed to ever step foot in the theater again when Rachel, as Mlle. Fifi, instead dances her straight-laced Bible dances. Raymond doesn't care that in the process Rachel may also get hurt. As midnight approaches, whether Rachel makes it to the stage will depend on the machinations of Raymond, Chick, Billy and Louis among others, but also includes Rachel's father, Jacob Schpitendavel, who has come to New York to find his daughter and take her home before she does anything against his Amish beliefs. If she does make it to the stage, Rachel herself may have some say in what she decides to do.

    - Written by Huggo
  • 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.

    - Written by nufs68


Included throughout the film are various dances and routines actually used in the days of burlesque and they play as an important part in the movie as the actual plot itself. The story opens in 1925 with a young Amish girl...

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