The Lemon Drop Kid

Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  91 min.
Release Date: April 2, 1951

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Cast: Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell, Jane Darwell, Andrea King


In this forgotten classic, Bob Hope stars as Sidney Melbourne, a race-track tipster known as "The Lemon Drop Kid" who mistakenly gives a gangster's moll a bad tip on a dog, costing her ten thousand dollars. The gangster is understandably upset about this and orders the Kid to pay up, forcing him to plot an elaborate Christmas-time con game to raise the funds. What follows is vintage Hope shenanigans, highlighted by a heart-warming rendition of the Christmas classic "Silver Bells" sung by Hope and Marilyn Maxwell. The film also stars William Frawley (I Love Lucy) and Tor Johnson (Plan 9 From Outer Space).

Director: Sidney Lanfield
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Producer(s): Robert L. Welch
Screenplay: Edmund L. Hartmann, Frank Tashlin

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