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The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)

Approved | | 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.

Directors:

Sidney Lanfield, Frank Tashlin (uncredited)

Writers:

Edmund Beloin (story), Irving Elinson (additional dialogue) | 4 more credits »
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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's a riot as Santa! Bob's a scream as his own aunt! Bob's a howl as The Lemon Drop Kid, himself! See more »

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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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Frank Tashlin (uncredited) directed about one third of the entire film. See more »

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The opening and closing credits list the character Oxford Charlie, but signs at his club spell his name "Oxford Charley." See more »

Quotes

Gloomy Willie: You're sweet too, pickle-nose... bring the chair.
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They Obviously Want Me To Sing
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Simply lovely con artist caper delivering mirth for the yuletide season.
4 March 2008 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

The Lemon Drop Kid is directed by Sidney Lanfield (Frank Tashlin uncredited) and based on the short story of the same name written by Damon Runyon (Edmund Beloin adapting). It stars Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell, Lloyd Nolan, Jane Darwell, Andrea King & Fred Clark.

It's perhaps a bit unfair to call it purely a Christmas movie? But watching it during the festive holiday season itself more than doubles the impact of the viewing. Bob Hope is The Lemon Drop Kid, a scam artist who during one of his cons at the race track finds himself in debt to a gangster for $10,000. If he doesn't find the money by Christmas day then he's going to be done for in a very grizzly way. We then follow the intrepid Hope on his various escapades to get the money; no mater how morally corrupt it be! A charity scam in the name of an old peoples home brings about much mirth and frivolity, and as the film twists as much as Hope does in his energetic scenes, it leave us with a delightful feel good seasonal offering. The lead cast are fine, with Hope in his element with the material to hand, while Marilyn Maxwell is perfect foil for Hope in the lead female role that calls for gusto and sentiment to be layered equally. While the final cherry on this lovely yuletide cake comes with the Hope/Maxwell rendition of "Silver Bells" that underpins the Christmas flavour of the piece.

It's unlikely to impress hardcore Runyon followers, and those that don't buy into Hope's form of comedy are probably best to avoid it. But for many folk, myself included, The Lemon Drop Kid is a 10/10 film, particularly at the Crimble season.


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