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The Night They Raided Minsky's

The Night They Raided Minsky's

Director: William Friedkin Cast: Jason Robards Jr.
Jason Robards Jr.
, Britt Ekland
Britt Ekland
, Norman Wisdom
Norman Wisdom
William Friedkin
The Night They Raided Minsky's

The Night They Raided Minsky's

Director: William Friedkin Cast: Jason Robards Jr.
Jason Robards Jr.
, Britt Ekland
Britt Ekland
, Norman Wisdom
Norman Wisdom
William Friedkin


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Narrator Rudy Vallee announces that he knows we are a "real high class audience," thus he has "some swell story to tell." Thus begins The Night They Raided Minsky's, set in the rarefied world of burlesque in the 1920s. Amish girl Rachel Schpitendavel (Britt Ekland) comes to New York in hopes of securing work as a dancing interpreter of religious stories. She gets a job at Minsky's burlesque house, where the dance numbers are "Biblical" only when some gum-chewing stripper performs Salome's Dance of the Seven Veils. The many subplots leading up to Rachel's accidental invention of the striptease during a midnight Minsky's show involve many: top banana Chick Williams (Norman Wisdom) and womanizing straight-man Raymond Paine (Jason Robards Jr.); Billy Minsky (Elliot Gould), whose efforts to stage girlie shows at the National Winter Garden are looked down upon by Minsky Sr. (Joseph Wiseman), who holds the lease on the theater; gangster Trim Houlihan (Forrest Tucker), who intends to shut down Minsky's if he can't get a piece of the action; Ekland's preacher father Harry Andrews, who shows up in New York just in time to see his daughter bare all in front of a cheering audience; and Vance Fowler (Denhom Elliot), self-appointed protector of public morals, whom Paine hopes to embarrass by having Rachel perform her religious dance. A straightforward adaptation of Rowland Barber's novel The Night They Raided Minsky's would seem to be called for here, but novice director William Friedkin and film editor Ralph Rosenblum seem determined to turn the film into a kaleidoscope Hard Day's Night clone. Happily, producer Norman Lear is able to accommodate several nostalgic re-creations of such burlesque chestnuts as "Crazy House" and "Meet Me Round the Corner," as well as six delightful in-period songs penned by Bye Bye Birdie's Charles Strouse and Lee Adams, the best of which is the ribald "Perfect Gentleman." Bert Lahr makes his last appearance on screen in the role of washed-up funnyman Professor Spats; he died during production, and had to be extensively doubled throughout.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2015
UPC: 0887090091602
Original Release: 1968
Rating: PG-13
Source: Olive
Time: 1:39:00
Sales rank: 19,449

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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 Prof.Spats
Gloria Le Roy Mae Harris
Eddie "The Old Philosopher" Lawrence Scratch
Dexter Maitland Duffy
Lillian Hayman Singer In Speakeasy
Will B. Able Clyde
Frank Shaw Immigration Officer 2
Chanin Hale Valerie
Ernestine Barrett Minsky Girl
Kelsey Collins Minsky Girl
Marilyn D'Honau Minsky Girl
Kathryn Doby Minsky Girl
Joanna Lehmann Minsky Girl
Dorothea MacFarland Minsky Girl
Billie Mahoney Minsky Girl
Carolyn Morris Minsky Girl
June Eve Story Minsky Girl
Helen Wood Minsky's Girl
Herbie Faye Waiter
Richard Libertini Pockets
Joe E. Marks Costume Shop Proprietor
Rudy Vallée Narrator
Mike Elias Actor
Judith Lowry Mother Annie

Technical Credits
William Friedkin Director
Lee Adams Score Composer
Danny D. Daniels Choreography
William Eckart Production Designer
Jean Eckart Production Designer
John Godfrey Set Decoration/Design
Burtt Harris Asst. Director
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
George Justin Associate Producer
Philip J. Lang Musical Arrangement,Musical Direction/Supervision
Andrew Laszlo Cinematographer
John Robert Lloyd Art Director
Norman Lear Producer,Screenwriter
Ralph Rosenblum Editor
Arnold Schulman Screenwriter
Sidney Michaels Screenwriter
Charles Strouse Score Composer
Bud Yorkin Producer

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