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The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)

Bob Hope , Marilyn Maxwell , Sidney Lanfield  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell, Lloyd Nolan
  • Directors: Sidney Lanfield
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003TQ04VW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,922 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Lemon Drop Kid" on IMDb

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Bob Hope stars as Sidney Melbourne (a/k/a The Lemon Drop Kid), a con man who offers a friendly sure thing horse tip to the girlfriend of mobster Moose Moran. But when his sure thing loses and Mooses original pick wins, Sidney is given until Christmas to pay back the money or else. So to raise the money he owes, Sidney enlists some old pals to hit the street corners of New York dressed as Santa Claus accepting donations for a bogus elderly ladies home. Calamity ensues when gangster Oxford Charlie (Lloyd Nolan) tries to move in on Sidneys scam. What follows is vintage Hope shenanigans, highlighted by a heart-warming rendition of the Christmas classic Silver Bells sung by Hope and Marilyn Maxwell.

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Christmas movies ever made January 20, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The Lemon Drop Kid is one of the lesser known Christmas movies probably because, in a sense, it doesn't try to be a traditional Christmas movie.
Bob Hope plays a con artist who is run out of Florida and winds up in New York City during a very bad cold snap. He is in hock to the mob and desperately needs to raise some cash.
He comes up with a fiendish plan, he sets up a home for old ladies and funds it Santa's ringing bells a la the Salvation Army. The problem is that he intends to take all the money and leave the old ladies stranded on December 26th.
Of course, being a Christmas movie, that doesn't happen, the kid has a change of heart, and along the way the movie provides Bob Hope in his prime as the ever loveable wise guy.
This movie also introduced the wonderful "Silver Bells" which is more famous than the movie itself.
If you're looking to add a movie for Holiday viewing, or really to watch anytime, this is a delightful addition.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll love the Brentwood DVD July 7, 2001
Format:DVD
The continuing top quality of Brentwood's Bob Hope DVD's is present on this disc. Razor sharp, good tone B&W images help make this top comedy a delight to watch.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars DVD a big disappointment... January 19, 2002
Format:DVD
First of all, let me start by saying that I love this film. A true classic: very funny, great songs and wonderful characters. But the DVD looks terrible. Scratches, and even awkward skips in the transfer. Picture is often blurry and sound is muffled. I wish I could say that they had restored it, but it looks more like a bootleg transfer than a legitimate release. The old, out-of-print VHS version had a much better film transfer on it. At least that one didn't frame-skip in the middle of the dialogue like this DVD transfer does! Maybe someday this film will get the DVD treatment it so richly deserves. Oh, by the way--for those who care, there are NO extras to speak of on it.

EDIT: Please see my comment below about the new Shout! Factory release. It's much better!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New edition of "Lemon Drop" is sweet, not sour. November 26, 2010
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I've had a Columbia VHS copy and a previous DVD edition of this great film and this is by far the best print I've seen. In the past the image was faded, the black and white contrast was lacking, and the sound was rough. This new version from SHOUT! uses a very clean print of the film. If you've never seen this film, you owe it to yourself to pay the small price of $ 10.00 and check it out. BTW, the small price in this case also means no extras at all; not even a Hope bio screen shot. But to me, having the quality print and audio is worth no extras!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anything But Sour August 14, 2006
Format:DVD
A WONDERFUL lost, (at least to me) Christmas movie that will now be firmly established on my list of must see Holiday films.

I had not seen this film before and did not know it was a Christmas film (probably because of the title) but it is a warm and hilarious Bob Hope romp and a veritable who's who of great character actors including Lloyd Nolan, Fred Clark, Sid Melton, Jay C. Flippen, Jane Darwell (the Feed The Bird's Lady from Mary Poppins), Tor Johnson (the hulking giant from Plan 9 From Outer Space) and even dear old Fred Mertz or William Frawley who helps introduce the old holiday standard "Silver Bells". And that's just the tip of the iceberg!

The writing is great. The direction top notch and the laughs just keep on coming. I suggest you put "The Lemon Drop Kid" right at the top of your holiday film list. And why wait until Christmas? Put it in your cue now and celebrate Christmas at the height of this blistering summer!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great film Terrible disc December 18, 2002
Format:DVD
This has long been one of my favorite Christmas movies. For years we watched the VHS version. Then in early 2002, when I saw that it had been "digitally remastered" and issued on DVD, I ordered the DVD. It arrived in February 2002. Of course, we didn't watch it until the Christmas season returned this month. And we were shocked by how bad the disc looked. The image had a "washed out" look - - grey even. The sound was muddy, with pops and clicks and occasional lipsync problems. The tape looked much better and, indeed, since we gave away our copy of the tape, I have reordered it. Perhaps some day there will be a remastered version of this very funny film on DVD. Meanwhile, stay clear of this one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bob Hope Christmas Classic That Launched "Silver Bells" December 20, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
"The Lemon Drop Kid", never springs to mind when Christmas themed movies are discussed but for a slightly different turn on the festive season and what it does to people this film deserves to be better known. It certainly contains much to enjoy from the legendary Bob Hope as a bogus Santa Claus who sees the error of his ways to a beautiful and talented leading lady in Marilyn Maxwell, an actress who also deserves to be better remembered than she is. Apart from its very amusing storyline involving con artists, fake charities operated by fake Santas, and a hoard of little old ladies all wrapped up in Christmas season "The Lemon Drop Kid", has the distinction of marking the debut of the now classic Ray Evans/Jay Livingstone Carol "Silver Bells". This great song has been a Yuletide favourite ever since and became forever associated with Bob Hope and his Christmas specials for decades after.

Based on a story by Damon Runyon, "The Lemon Drop Kid", stars Bob Hope as Sidney Melbourne but known to all as the Lemon Drop Kid because of his fondness for that particular candy. He is a small time con artist who works the race tracks skimming money off unsuspecting dopes who know nothing about horses. When he unknowingly offers a rotten bet to local gangster Moose Moran (Fred Clark), which costs him $10,000 the kid finds himself having to repay the debt by Christmas Eve or as Moose so delicately puts it "he will find himself at the bottom of the river in a cement Santa Claus Suit". The kid goes to a freezing cold New York trying to find the money and comes up with a wild scheme to make money by setting up a "charity", based around local homeless identity Nellie Thursday (Jane Darwell)with the money for a home for "old Dolls".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice DVD!
Very nice DVD!
Published 2 days ago by Ken Haney
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 15 days ago by PJB
2.0 out of 5 stars Outdated farce
Shows its age. A silly plot that was unrealistic even for its time. Mostly lame jokes. Not one of Bob Hope's best.
Published 17 days ago by Aydin Orstan
4.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest all around entertainer of the last hundred years.
The humor in Bob Hope movies is clean but different
than today. It takes a special kind of person to
appreciate. Its almost slap stick in nature. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rodney B. Jennings
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lemon Drop Kid
Bob Hope is always a treat.
Published 1 month ago by Jules
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie
as a kid. yes im young and all but this movie is funnnnnnny.

came fast and in good condition thank you.
Published 2 months ago by C. Briggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Holiday Movie Ever!
I am not a fan of Bob Hope, but his performance in this film was so hilarious and genius that I was immediately drawn into this film. It has become my favorite holiday film. Read more
Published 2 months ago by krankenhaus 63
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Damon Runyan characters with Hope at his top.
Bob Hope is good in this Damon Runyan story of real life in America,with Hope's usual humour at it's best. Fun.
Published 2 months ago by Graeme L.
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic
As a Bob Hope fan I enjoyed this comedy.He plays a wise-cracking small time crook running for his life from a mob boss. It's corny but fun.
Published 3 months ago by joanne
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Bob Hope's best movie
He's so goofy in this movie and it's a typical con-turn-good-get-the-girl-bad-guy-loses-everyone-lives-happily-ever-after type of movie, but you have to sit though so much other... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Susan Mercer
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