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The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Music | 2 April 1951 (USA)
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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sidney Milburn aka The Lemon Drop Kid
... 'Brainey' Baxter
... Oxford Charlie
... Nellie Thursday
... Stella
... Moose Moran
... Straight Flush Tony
... Gloomy Willie
... Sam the Surgeon
... Little Louie
... Singing Solly
... Mrs. Feeney - The Bird Lady
Francis Pierlot ... Henry Regan
Charles Cooley ... Goomba
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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SONGS: "Silver Bells" "They Obviously Want Me To Sing" "It Doesn't Cost A Dime To Dream" See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Music | Romance

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2 April 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hej tomtegubbar  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Introduced the hit Christmas song "Silver Bells". The movie was filmed in 1950, but not released in theaters until March, 1951. When a recording of "Silver Bells" by Bing Crosby became a hit in December, 1950, the studio called Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell back to re-shoot a more elaborate musical version of the song for the film's release. In later years, Bob Hope made "Silver Bells" his own Christmas theme. He performed the song every year on his annual Christmas TV special, usually singing it as a duet with the lead female guest (such as Olivia Newton-John, Shirley Jones, Barbara Mandrell, or his own wife, Dolores Hope). See more »

Goofs

When Bob Hope is fighting the winter storm walking up the street, the wire pulling him back is visible as well as where it pulls him on the back of the jacket. See more »

Quotes

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

Featured in A Hollywood Christmas (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Silver Bells
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Marilyn Maxwell (uncredited) and Bob Hope (uncredited)
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I have loved this movie for years.
16 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was only about five years old and I've loved it since. It epitomizes the typical good hearted man in a bad situation who undergoes a character transformation worthy of old Scrooge himself. Bob Hope plays a grifter who tries to play both sides of a scam. All of this is infused with just the right amount of holiday fun and Christmas Carols (and even a few cracks at Bing) to make it a real holiday classic. I would recommend it for any age and any family.


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