The Lemon Drop Kid Overview:

The Lemon Drop Kid (1951) was a Comedy Film directed by Frank Tashlin and Sidney Lanfield and produced by Robert L. Welch.


This second filming of Runyon's story of a bookie on the lam from a gangster provides Hope with one of his best settings and he runs with it. Hope lets gang boss Nolan in on a sure thing, which finishes out of the money, and has to do some fast talking and fast walking to keep one step ahead of him. The 1934 version starring Lee Tracy also had Frawley in the cast. This introduced the Yuletide chestnut, "Silver Bells."

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The Lemon Drop Kid (1951): Bob Hope and Silver Bells

By 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 24, 2020 From 4 Star Films

“Don’t look like you’re handling hot reindeer” – Bob Hope as The Lemon Drop Kid There blows the infamous Lemon Drop Kid a racetrack scrounger feeding the populous phony tips. In another context, he’d be one slimy stooge a la Richard Widmark, but played by Bob Hope... Read full article


By Terry on Nov 28, 2019 From Stardust and Shadows

I remember the usual films, THE GRINCH THAT STOLE CHRISTMAS with Boris Karloff; CHARLIE BROWN?S CHRISTMAS with the sad tree that tips over when an ornament is put on it.?? The skating sequences from THE BISHOPS?S WIFE with David Niven, Cary Grant and Loretta Young are also part of holiday memories.?... Read full article

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Quotes from

Sidney Melbourne: Santy Claus don't drink.
Gloomy Willie: Oh, no? Well, how come he's always falling down chimleys?

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Facts about

William Frawley also appeared as William Dunhill in the 1934 version of The Lemon Drop Kid.
Frank Tashlin (uncredited) directed about one third of the entire film.
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie onDecember 10, 1951 with Bob Hope reprising his film role.
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