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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 (128 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell, Lloyd Nolan
  • Directors: Sidney Lanfield
  • Format: 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 (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003TQ04VW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,557 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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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
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Should be a Christmas movie!
They really should put this movie in the holiday classic genre, Bob Hope is wonderful, even without Bing! Read more
Published 7 hours ago by H. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars '''''classic Bob Hope.
It never gets old! Good, clean, silly humor! An effortless way to spend the evening. No killing, no cussing, no sex. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Rhonda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Love this movie. It reminds me of when I was a kid at chriistmas time. I would recommend this movie to everyone.
Published 5 days ago by Christine Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is one of Bob Hope's best. I try to watch it around Christmas every year. It's a better Christmas flick than It's a Wonderful Life.
Published 12 days ago by Jeany Erickson
3.0 out of 5 stars It's funny to see Bob Hope today.
Being a comedy you expected to be very funny. Nowadays though it's not as funny as it was to the audience back when it was created. It's still a relatively good movie.
Published 25 days ago by A. M. Steiner
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
always been abig fan of bob hope and I love him in this movie this is one of his best.
Published 1 month ago by joe
4.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Christmas Classic
Based on a Damon Runyon story, a man bumps into a gangster's moll and causes the gangster to accidentally lose many thousands of dollars in a racetrack bet. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Long Tom
3.0 out of 5 stars Always love anything Bob Hope does
Great movie. Lots of laughs. Bob Hope on top of his game as usual. The supporting cast were all great too.
Published 1 month ago by Linda Tillman
5.0 out of 5 stars LEMON DROP KID
LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS MOVIE ONE OF MR HOPES BEST VERY CUTE AND CLEAN GREAT CHRISTMAS MOVIE OR ANYTIME GOOD PICTURE QUALITY
Published 1 month ago by Vicki Dupraw
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Have Hope!
Great movie. Excellent quality streaming through Amazon! The only way to watch video on demand. We love Amazon Prime. Thank you!
Published 1 month ago by JForeman64
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