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The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)

A New York City swindler has until Christmas to come up with the $10,000 he owes a gangster, prompting him to go into scamming overdrive.

Directors:

Sidney Lanfield, Frank Tashlin (uncredited)

Writers:

Edmund Beloin (story), Irving Elinson (additional dialogue) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Hope ... Sidney Milburn aka The Lemon Drop Kid
Marilyn Maxwell ... 'Brainey' Baxter
Lloyd Nolan ... Oxford Charlie
Jane Darwell ... Nellie Thursday
Andrea King ... Stella
Fred Clark ... Moose Moran
Jay C. Flippen ... Straight Flush Tony
William Frawley ... Gloomy Willie
Harry Bellaver ... Sam the Surgeon
Sid Melton ... Little Louie
Ben Welden ... Singing Solly
Ida Moore ... Mrs. Feeney - The Bird Lady
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Henry Regan
Charles Cooley Charles Cooley ... Goomba
Salvatore De Lorenzo Salvatore De Lorenzo ... Street-corner Santa Claus (as Society Kid Hogan)
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Storyline

When the Lemon Drop Kid accidentally steers Moose Moran's girl away from a winning bet, he is forced to come up with $10,000 to repay the angry gangster. Fortunately it's Christmas, a time when people can be persuaded to part with money for the right cause. Written by Erica Schulman <ens1@psuvm.psu.edu>

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BOB HOPE - Marilyn MAXWELL IN THE LAUGH PANIC OF THE YEAR! (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Music | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hej tomtegubbar See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The scene when Santa asks the Kid to "put something in the pot" is a reference to a recurring joke from Bob Hope's radio show. See more »

Goofs

When there is a lots of snow, objects in the distance look hazy. On the street just before Bob Hope gets pulled back, it is clear in the distance, plus no vehicles parked or driving by have snow on them. See more »

Quotes

Gloomy Willie: You're sweet too, pickle-nose... bring the chair.
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Soundtracks

They Obviously Want Me To Sing
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Bob Hope (uncredited)
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Great Hope Classic
28 February 2002 | by artzauSee all my reviews

Hope's films always spun on his zany sense of humor. In this, a redo of a Damon Runyon story (see Little Miss Marker), Hope is at his best. I noted with interest the comments of one reviewer who bristling with politically correct indignation, accuses Hope of everything from Sexism to nearly murder. True, they were not as tuned into the careful not to offend anyone scene we are now but most of this stuff is pretty mild. Besides, being a senior citizen myself, I was hardly offended. The list of wonderful studio character actors in this film is delightful. Fred Clarke who was at his best as a villain or sleeze ball gives a delightful show as a gangster. And, then there's Marilyn Maxwell: her singing of "Silver Bells," gave us a new Christmas carol that is sung every holiday season. I'm sorry that some of our other reviewers were piqued by this film. I think it has held up well and I still delight at Hope's antics. I guess that dates me. I was in junior high when I saw this film. I loved it then and love it now.


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