The Lemon Drop Kid
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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.
EDIT: Please see my comment below about the new Shout! Factory release. It's much better!
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!
Bob Hope portrays a lemon drop eating race track hustler who hustles a local crime boss out of $10,000. Hope is given until Christmas to get the money together. Hope goes to NYC and cons his girlfriend, friends and local thugs into dressing up in Santa suits and collecting money for a senior citizens home for "old dolls." Hope intends to make off with the donations and pay off his debt to the crime boss. However, a NYC crime boss figures out what Hope is up to and blows the whistle on Hope and takes over the Santa donation scheme himself. Hope then redeems himself by entraping the two crime bosses, making sure the senior citizen home gets the donations and he gets his girl back. It would seem that Hope's character has finally learned the Christmas message, that it is better to give than to receive.
This is probably my favorite Bob Hope film. He is excellent as a scheming hustler type. It seems to come natural to him. The film makes great use of character actors from the 30,s 40's and 50's in the films various supporting roles. Marilyn Maxwell is a real treat to look at and has great chemistry with Hope. The song Silver Bells is beautiful and fits the film perfectly. I think my favorite scene is where Hope is dressed as an elderly woman trying to describe what he is knitting to the other elderly woman. It was a mop that goes so well with his argyle scrub bucket.
If you like Bob Hope, Christmas movies or comedies than you'll probably like this film.
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One of my favorite holiday movies that a lot of people miss out on.Published 7 days ago by Del D. Cleek
A great showcase of Bob Hope's comedy as well as the birthplace of the beautiful Christmas song, Silver Bells. This has long been a staple of my Christmas movie night.Published 7 days ago by Cody
The story was not Christmasy at all. The disc however was fine, no problem with that. Wanted to add this to our Christmas movie collection so we are disappointed.Published 19 days ago by toni kiff
This is a must-own Christmas movie. Not only is it classic Bob Hope hysterical, but the Silver Bells duet, sung by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell, is spectacular. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Caroline P. Sanderson
I'm a huge fan of Bob Hope, however as far as his movies go, this wasn't that good; despite and excellent cast. Ok to watch once. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Baynie
They say that humor is generational and this film proves the point. I'm old enough to remember watching Bob Hope holiday specials and movies on TV growing up and back in the 60's... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Colonel D