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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC CHRISTMAS FILM
Ah,they don't make films like this anymore - or, at least, not for grown -ups.Nominally based on a Damon Runyon story, Hope is at his wily,cowardly,best as he tries to repay a mobster money he has lost on a horse.To do this he enlists his friends,shady characters to a man but nevertheless with hearts of gold, to dress up as Santas and collect money for a bogus home for...
Published on 18 Nov. 2007 by Johnnybluetime

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3.0 out of 5 stars A feelgood Yuletide comedy with Silver Bells
Although far from the funniest of Bob Hope's films and despite failing to capture much of the charm or cadence of Damon Runyon's writing, the 1951 version of The Lemon Drop Kid is one of those comedies that makes up the shortfall with sheer goodwill, ignoring the melodrama of the 1934 version to deliver a feelgood movie that should make most but the most curmudgeonly feel...
Published on 17 May 2011 by Trevor Willsmer


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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC CHRISTMAS FILM, 18 Nov. 2007
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Ah,they don't make films like this anymore - or, at least, not for grown -ups.Nominally based on a Damon Runyon story, Hope is at his wily,cowardly,best as he tries to repay a mobster money he has lost on a horse.To do this he enlists his friends,shady characters to a man but nevertheless with hearts of gold, to dress up as Santas and collect money for a bogus home for old ladies in the run up to Christmas.The film's packed with great character actors, smart dialogue,lots of laughs,some good songs,including Silver Bells sung by Hope and Marilyn Maxwell,and,of course,everything turns out all right in the end.If only gangsters were really this soft hearted.

Woody Allen may not have learnt all he knows from Bob Hope, but he certainly learnt a lot and this is one of the films that taught him.In fact there's a scene here that's copied almost exactly in Love And Death.

A Bob Hope classic that'll give you a warm feeling for the holiday season.Buy it and be transported back to, what now seem, more innocent times.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At his best., 1 Nov. 2010
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Being only 20, ive had more than my fair share of quizzical glances from people when they ask me what my favourite film is and i reply 'the lemon drop kid' with bob hope. You would think i had just told them i was going to dye my hair pink and start calling myself tracy.I, however, pity those who have yet to experience a bob hope film, especially this one. In my opinion, this is the best film he made.The comedy is at its usual brilliant level and the storyline is great. You wont regret purchasing this classic film.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comedy genius at work, 2 Sept. 2006
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Great to see this being re-released.

Based on a Damon Runyon short story, the lemon drop kid has Bob Hope as Sidney Melbourne,(nicknamed for his love of the lemon drops he keeps eating throughout), slick and always scamming down at the racetrack, he comes unstuck when he offers a 'sure thing' to mobster Moose Moran's girlfriend. She convinces Moose to abandon his own choice and sure enough Sidneys tip ends up nowhere and Morans original choice comes in 1st. Sidney is given 'til christmas to gather the lost readies or it's off to the river sporting concrete wellies. Sidneys solution is to place his mates on every New York corner to con people out of their loose change for a non-existant old ladies home.All is well until another mobster,( Oxford Charlie), decides he wants a slice of this action.

Bob Hope turned out a large number of comedies and although not all are gems the amount of very funny films he starred in is testamony to just how great a comedian he was. The script for the lemon drop kid is pin sharp and the one liners flow from beginning to end and of course Hope delivers his lines with fantastic timing. He and all involved are spot on in their performances and theres not a wrong note to be heard with the plot and comedy keeping together right up to the end.

Hope was a class act and for my money this is one of his finest. If you like this then look out for the paleface and the cat and the canary as they too are fine showcases of him at the height of his powers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply lovely con artist caper delivering mirth for the yuletide season., 26 Dec. 2012
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A feelgood Yuletide comedy with Silver Bells, 17 May 2011
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Although far from the funniest of Bob Hope's films and despite failing to capture much of the charm or cadence of Damon Runyon's writing, the 1951 version of The Lemon Drop Kid is one of those comedies that makes up the shortfall with sheer goodwill, ignoring the melodrama of the 1934 version to deliver a feelgood movie that should make most but the most curmudgeonly feel good. Hope is the Florida racetrack tipster who finds himself owing Fred Clark's mobster Moose Malloy $10,000 and who comes up with a scheme to raise the money before Sam the Surgeon can operate on him by persuading half the petty crooks on Broadway to raise money for a phoney `Old Dolls' home by dressing up a street corner Santas. There's no doubt that a change of heart is in the offing or that everyone will ultimately get what they deserve, but if it strikes all the usual notes it does it more than well enough for familiarity to breed content, introducing the Christmas standard Silver Bells along the way. Aside from a Winter in New York setpiece director Frank Tashlin doesn't get many opportunities for his trademark surreal gags, but there are still enough good jokes to keep it ticking over nicely - and where else can you get to see Tor Johnson in a Santa suit?

There are a few releases of this on DVD, but the one to go for is Sony's release, which boasts a very nice black and white transfer even though there are no extras.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously Funny, 28 Sept. 2006
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Funnily enough although Bob Hope's films remain popular even to this day, The Lemon Drop Kid fell out of radar for a good long while despite I think it's the funniest movie he ever made throughout his whole career.

The story focuses on Sidney Melbourne who is labelled 'The Lemon Drop Kid'. He's a small time con man who makes his money by scamming people at race tracks into backing horses in exchange for a cut of the winnings.

Unfortunately he makes the tragic mistake of talking a mobsters girlfriend into backing the wrong horse instead of the horse she was originally to gamble a large sum of money on.

By Christmas day he is instructed to come up with the cash the mobster lost in the bet, or else suffer the consequences. Fearing for his life, he has to think fast. Enlisting the help of some other crooks, his girlfriend Brainy he has to gather the money under the pretences of working for charity.

The movie features some great slapstick, some incredibly witty dialogue, hilarious one-liners, and Bob Hope just shines in this role like he has never shone in any other movie before.

The Lemon Drop Kid doesn't need the sexist, rude toilet humour of today to be hilarious. Trust me, with all it's mild innocence, Bob's incredibly funny body language and comebacks, it will have you laughing harder than you've ever laughed before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories!, 13 April 2011
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Bought it to watch on a duvet day.
We, (myself & the management) sat down on a rainy Sunday and watched this funny old B&W film.
It took us back to more simple times when we didn't have such high expectations and settled for much less.
This film is exactly what it say's on the cover, Bob Hope tries and tries to make a big deal without any conscience but finally shows he has a human side. It has a simple storyline, with a clear message. Such a pleasure to watch a film with no sex, no violence and no swearing. A breath of fresh air that still manages to make you smile 50 years on. If you used to enjoy the golden oldie movies on BBC2 on a Saturday afternoon then this will be for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable classic, 27 Jan. 2012
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i remembered watching the lemon drop kid as a kid and enjoying it .. it doesnt dissapoint now. it was pleasing to see my young family watching and enjoying it just as much as i did.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wisecracks With A Good Story, 16 Mar. 2009
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Hope at his best, plus a Damon Runyon story. An irresistable combination. Even the sentimentality of the "Old Dolls" situation is leavened with humour of a kind that does not poke fun at them. There is even a Crosby dig that is not over milked.
So what that it is in black and white. Humour of this calibre that does not date, does not need colour.
Further to the review by Johnnybluetime, my copy does not have the lines or brightness changes that he mentions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill, 20 Nov. 2013
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great delivery time and brilliant quality, brought a smile to grandads face and we could not stop laughing , the old ones are the best.
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