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The Night They Raided Minsky's (The Night They Invented Striptease) (1968)

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Rachel (Britt Ekland) is an Amish girl who rejects her religious upbringing and travels to the big city. She meets Raymond Paine (Jason Robards) and Billy Minsky (Elliot Gould) who put her on stage. A sensual striptease emerges from what was supposed to be a religious dance, eventually causing the cops to bust the place. Soon her father comes after his daughter who by now is coveted by gangsters. Forrest Tucker plays gangster Trim Houlihan, the quick-tempered Irishman. The film accurately reflects the mood of the burlesque halls which had died out by the time the feature was released. Veteran comic Burt Lahr, one of the last true burlesque and vaudeville performers, makes his last film appearance as Professor Spats. British comedian Norman Wisdom steals the show in his role as Chick Williams. Rudy Valee, the top crooning heartthrob of the 1920s, narrates and sings a few songs. The surviving Minsky brother Morton acted as technical advisor for this song and dance filled slice of Americana. Burlesque had all but died out by the time the film was release, and this feature accurately recalls the bygone era that started before talking pictures and even radio were mainstream items.
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PG-13
Genre:
Classics , Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Jason Robards
as Raymond Paine
Britt Ekland
as Rachel Elizabeth Schpitendavel
Forrest Tucker
as Trim Houlihan
Bert Lahr
as Professor Spats
Norman Wisdom
as Chick Williams
Harry Andrews
as Jacob Schpitendavel
Jack Burns
as Candy Butcher
Gloria Le Roy
as Mae Harris
Eddie Lawrence
as Scratch
Lillian Hayman
as Singer In Speakeasy
Judith Lowry
as Mother Annie
Mike Elias
as Immigration Officer
Frank Shaw
as Immigration Officer
Chanin Hale
as Valerie
Ernestine Barrett
as Minsky's Girl
Kelsey Collins
as Minsky's Girl
Marilyn D'Honau
as Minsky's Girl
Kathryn Doby
as Minsky's Girl
Joanna Lehmann
as Minsky's Girl
Dorothea MacFarland
as Minsky's Girl
Billie Mahoney
as Minsky's Girl
Carolyn Morris
as Minsky's Girl
June Eve Story
as Minsky's Girl
Helen Wood
as Minsky's Girl
Herbie Faye
as Waiter
Joe E. Marks
as Costume Shop Proprietor
Fats Thomas
as Stagehand
Reno Pesauri
as Stagehand
Rudy Vallee
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for The Night They Raided Minsky's (The Night They Invented Striptease)

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

It truly captures the spirit of an entire way of life that no longer exists.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Audience Reviews for The Night They Raided Minsky's (The Night They Invented Striptease)

Fizzes and crackles with energy, but it's not without gravitas. Great fun!

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

½

Norman Lear's period peek at a peculiarly American form of entertainment - burlesque - is most successful in its art direction and nostalgic recapturing of New York's lower East Side during its most hoydenish period.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo
½

The worst night of entertainment I ever knew. This silly charade of an Amish girl going to the stage to strip tease is sheer nonsense. Who the hell writes this stuff? Comedy directed by no less than The Exorcist director William Friedkin. This film is purely all about vaudeville as it shows scene after scene of the old acts on stage. It goes back once and a while to normal dialog and people, but its all about stage acts. Obviously from the title these folks are doing something that the police do not like. They raid Minskys sooner or later don't they? Has lots of veteran, and I do mean old veteran actors like Bert Lahr (the cowardly lion in The Wizard of Oz). Cinematography is very well done. This is one crazy film and I mean that in the worst, uncomplimentary way. Cast: Jason Robards as Raymond Paine Britt Ekland as Rachel Elizabeth Schpitendavel Norman Wisdom as Chick Williams Forrest Tucker as Trim Houlihan Harry Andrews as Jacob Schpitendavel Joseph Wiseman as Louis Minsky Denholm Elliott as Vance Fowler Elliott Gould as Billy Minsky Jack Burns as Candy Butcher Bert Lahr as Professor Spats

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