Bob Hope stars as Sidney Melbourne (AKA The Lemon Drop Kid, named so after his love of the simple candy), a con man who offers a friendly "sure thing" horse tip to the girlfriend of mobster Moose Moran at the race track. When the horse loses and Moose's original pick wins, Moose gives Sidney until Christmas to pay back the money that he lost or his thug Sam the Surgeon will "open" Sidney after Christmas. To pay back the money he owes Moose, Sidney enlists some pals to hit the street corners of New York dressed as Santa Clause accepting donations for a bogus elderly ladies home. The calamity starts when gangster Oxford Charlie (Lloyd Nolan) tries to move in on Sidney's 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 (who appeared with Hope in the 1953 film Off Limits). Also starring William Frawley (I Love Lucy) and Tor Johnson (Plan 9 from Outer Space).

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The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)

Unrated

Musical/Romance/Comedy · 1h 31m · 4/2/1951

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Damon Runyan's zaniest Broadway characters come alive with fun...especially the Lemon Drop Kid (Bob, natch!)

Description

Bob Hope stars as Sidney Melbourne (AKA The Lemon Drop Kid, named so after his love of the simple candy), a con man who offers a friendly "sure thing" horse tip to the girlfriend of mobster Moose Moran at the race track. When the horse loses and Moose's original pick wins, Moose gives Sidney until Christmas to pay back the money that he lost or his thug Sam the Surgeon will "open" Sidney after Christmas. To pay back the money he owes Moose, Sidney enlists some pals to hit the street corners of New York dressed as Santa Clause accepting donations for a bogus elderly ladies home. The calamity starts when gangster Oxford Charlie (Lloyd Nolan) tries to move in on Sidney's 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 (who appeared with Hope in the 1953 film Off Limits). Also starring William Frawley (I Love Lucy) and Tor Johnson (Plan 9 from Outer Space).

Where to Watch

Status

Released

Country

United States

Production Companies

Hope Enterprises, Paramount Pictures

Revenue

$2,300,000
Cast
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Bob Hope

Sidney Milburn (Lemon Drop Kid)
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Marilyn Maxwell

'Brainy' Baxter
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Lloyd Nolan

Oxford Charley
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Jane Darwell

Nellie Thursday
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Fred Clark

Moose Moran
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Jay C. Flippen

Straight Flush
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William Frawley

Gloomy Willie
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Harry Bellaver

Sam the Surgeon
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Sid Melton

Little Louie
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Ben Welden

Singing Solly
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Ida Moore

The Bird Lady
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Francis Pierlot

Henry Regan
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Charles Cooley

Goomba
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Salvatore De Lorenzo

Street-corner Santa Claus (as Society Kid Hogan)
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Harry Shannon

John (policeman)
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Bernard Szold

Honest Harry
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Tor Johnson

Super Swedish Angel (wrestler)
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Tom Dugan

No Thumbs Charlie
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Harry Wilson

(unconfirmed)
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Stanley Andrews

Judge (uncredited)
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Billie Bird

Racetrack bettor on iron bar (uncredited)
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Helen Brown

Ellen (uncredited)
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Spring Byington

One of the "Old Dolls" (uncredited)
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Bill Cartledge

Jerry (jockey) (uncredited)
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Ray Cooke

Willie (uncredited)
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Ralph Dunn

Racetrack policeman (uncredited)
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Slim Gaut

Prof. Murdock (uncredited)
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Roy Gordon

Judge (uncredited)
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Fred Graff

Pimlico Pete (uncredited)
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Jim Haywood

George (uncredited)
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John Indrisano

Oxford Charlie's henchman (uncredited)
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Tommy Ivo

Boy Scout (uncredited)
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Richard Karlan

Maxie (uncredited)
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Victor Kilian

Mr. Egan (landlord) (uncredited)
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Jack Kruschen

Muscleman (uncredited)
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Kate MacKenna

(uncredited)
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Vivian Mason

Singer-Dancer (uncredited)
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Edwin Max

Hogan's pal with cow (uncredited)
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John 'Skins' Miller

The Drunk (uncredited)
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Mary Murphy

Girl (uncredited)
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Paul Newlan

Taxi driver (uncredited)
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Michael Ross

Oxford Charlie's henchman (uncredited)
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Gene Roth

Oxford Charlie's henchman (uncredited)
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Almira Sessions

Mrs. Santoro (uncredited)
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Bill Sheehan

Dance director (uncredited)
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Douglas Spencer

Skinny Santa Claus (uncredited)
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Sid Tomack

Groom (uncredited)
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Harry Tyler

Santa Claus (uncredited)
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Bill Varga

Wrestler (uncredited)
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Emmett Vogan

Rupert (pawnbroker) (uncredited)
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Jean Whitney

Friend of Brainy (uncredited)
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Fred Zendar

South Street Benny (uncredited)
Crew
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Sidney Lanfield

Director
Disc Releases
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Lemon Drop Kid

(DVD)

10/19/2010

Disc Title Front Cover

The LemonDrop Kid

(DVD)

11/21/2000

Disc Title Front Cover

Legends of Hollywood - Bob Hope Series

(DVD)

4/8/2008

Disc Title Front Cover

Lemon Drop Kid

(DVD)

12/7/2010

Disc Title Front Cover

The Lemon Drop Kid

(DVD)

11/21/2000

Disc Title Front Cover

The Lemon Drop Kid

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

7/5/2017

Disc Title Front Cover

The Lemon Drop Kid

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD, Low))

7/5/2017

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