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The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 9 May 1969 (Italy)
A naive Amish young woman runs away from her home in Pennsylvania to New York City where she hopes to act in religious stage plays but ends up performing in Burlesque theatre.

Director:

William Friedkin

Writers:

Arnold Schulman (screenplay), Sidney Michaels (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Robards ... Raymond Paine
Britt Ekland ... Rachel Schpitendavel
Norman Wisdom ... Chick Williams
Forrest Tucker ... Trim Houlihan
Harry Andrews ... Jacob Schpitendavel
Joseph Wiseman ... Louis Minsky
Denholm Elliott ... Vance Fowler
Elliott Gould ... Billy Minsky
Jack Burns ... Candy Butcher
Bert Lahr ... Professor Spats
Gloria LeRoy Gloria LeRoy ... Mae Harris
Eddie Lawrence Eddie Lawrence ... Scratch
Dexter Maitland Dexter Maitland ... Duffy
Lillian Hayman Lillian Hayman ... Singer in Speakeasy
Richard Libertini ... Pockets (as Dick Libertini)
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Storyline

Rachel arrives in New York from her Amish community intent on becoming a dancer. Unfortunately Billy Minsky's Burlesque is hardly the place for her Dances From The Bible. But the show's comedian Raymond sees a way of wrong-footing the local do-gooders by announcing the new Paris sensation "Mme Fifi" and putting on Rachel's performance as the place is raided. All too complicated, the more so since her father is scouring the town for her and both Raymond and his straight-man Chick are falling for Rachel. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

In 1925 there was this real religious girl, and by accident -- she invented the striptease. This real religious girl. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for suggestive content and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Night They Raided Minsky's See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Tandem Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Burlesque legend Joey Faye was stand-in for the incomplete scenes of Bert Lahr, who passed away during filming. See more »

Goofs

The film was set in 1925, but in the opening montage, a stock shot of Times Square shows a marquee with "All Quiet in the Western Front", which opened in New York on April 29, 1930. See more »

Quotes

Chick Williams: [Haggling with junk dealer Fliegelmann over a prop snake they need for the show] He's got one snake left. Six bucks.
Raymond Paine: [preoccupied with Rachel] Great, let's take it. He can send it to the theater.
Chick Williams: [bargaining light-heartedly] I think six is too much. You're too high, Fliegelmann, I will not pay it.
Raymond Paine: You tell him, Chick.
Mr. Flegelman: I get six for them all the time.
Chick Williams: It's not worth more than four. Down the street, I saw it for three.
Mr. Flegelman: Well, so, go buy it down the street.
Chick Williams: I would, but they're all out.
Mr. Flegelman: If I was all ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The words in the title flash on the screen individually in between shots of the raiding vice cops. See more »


Soundtracks

You Rat You
(uncredited)
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
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A delightful and memorable nostalgic comedy
2 February 2001 | by gary-109See all my reviews

This film succeeds in both areas, comedy and nostalgia. It captures the period it portrays in wonderful fashion, with a very enthusiastic cast. I consider it one of the best cast movies I've ever seen, from the lead actors to the bit roles. Many classic burlesque routines are included, some of them done on the burlesque stage and some worked into the movie's dialogue. If you're in the mood for a comedy with a bit of feeling for another period in abundance, you can't do much better than this!


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