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St. Benny the Dip (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 24 August 1951 (USA)
A gang of con artists disguise themselves as clerics in order to pull off a job, but soon find that even pretending to be religious people is having an effect on them.

Director:

Edgar G. Ulmer

Writers:

George Auerbach (story), John Roeburt
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dick Haymes ... Benny
Nina Foch ... Linda Kovacs
Roland Young ... Matthew
Lionel Stander ... Monk Williams
Freddie Bartholomew ... Reverend Wilbur
Oskar Karlweis ... Mr. Kovacs
William A. Lee William A. Lee ... Police Sergeant Monahan
Dick Gordon ... Reverend Miles (as Richard Gordon)
Jean Casto Jean Casto ... Mrs. Mary Williams
Edward Wells Edward Wells ... Patrolman McAvoy (as Eddie Wells)
James Bender James Bender ... House Detective
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Storyline

A gang of con artists disguise themselves as clerics in order to pull off a job, but soon find that even pretending to be religious people is having an effect on them.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The most hilarious mixture of Love, Laughter and Larceny you've ever seen on the screen! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Entre pícaros andamos See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Benny Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Freddie Bartholomew's last film before retiring from acting. See more »

Goofs

When Linda talks about being an operatic star, Benny finishes pouring her drink and putting the bottle down twice in two different shots. See more »

Connections

Featured in The World Famous Kid Detective (2014) See more »

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I Believe
Words and Music by Robert W. Stringer
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Redemption
25 June 2007 | by shaneskiserSee all my reviews

Regarding the previous comment about being unable to see St. Benny the Dip as a parody of Les Miserables, I, too, do not see a parody. I do see, however, an homage to Les Miserable. There is in both works the common theme of redemption. In the same way the priest in Les Miserables covers for Jean Valjean and gracefully provides for him, so, too, does the priest in St. Benny the Dip provide for our three scoundrels, and that gracious act in the same way begins the process of redemption. True, Jean Valjean was not the scoundrel that Benny, Matthew, and Monk are, but they, like Valjean move from outside the law to inside the law.

Grace begets grace.


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