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

  • Feb 02, 2019

    The best comedy movie ever made!

    The best comedy movie ever made!

  • Apr 25, 2017

    A lame hour and a half excuse to see Brit Eklands boobs. Big whoop.

    A lame hour and a half excuse to see Brit Eklands boobs. Big whoop.

  • Marcus W Super Reviewer
    Jul 01, 2016

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

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

  • Jun 23, 2014

    Refreshingly accommodates both the repulsive seediness of the milieu and nostalgic attraction for an less sophisticated era with charmingly bad dance routines and exquisitely well-performed slapstick. An interesting musical score with both narration and a finale delivered by Rudy Vallee himself. Many fine actors in both lead and supporting roles.

    Refreshingly accommodates both the repulsive seediness of the milieu and nostalgic attraction for an less sophisticated era with charmingly bad dance routines and exquisitely well-performed slapstick. An interesting musical score with both narration and a finale delivered by Rudy Vallee himself. Many fine actors in both lead and supporting roles.

  • Aug 06, 2013

    Directed by William Friedkin, who had made his directorial debut with Good Times (1967), starring Sonny and Cher. While that flopped, it got him noticed, and he was given an offer by producers Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin to to this musical comedy based on Rowland Barber's 1960's novel. It's an enjoyable film that focuses on a time now gone and the kinds of entertainment that people enjoyed back 40 years previously. In 1925, Amish girl Rachel Schpitendavel (Britt Ekland) comes to New York from Pennsylvania to make it big as a dancer. A chance encounter with Professor Spats (Bert Lahr) brings her to Minsky's Burlesque, where she meets entertainer Raymond Paine (Jason Robards) and partner Chick (Norman Wisdom). The theatre has been under threat of closure when owner Billy Minsky (Elliott Gould) can't raise any money, and is battling moral crusader Vance Fowler (Denholm Elliott) as well. Rachel becomes a dancer at Minsky's, but matters are complicated when her stern, devout father Jacob (Harry Andrews) arrives in town to bring Rachel back home. It's got the look of one of those big overblown musicals that went around in the 1960's, but it's actually focused, and the comedy and musical routines are well staged in this film, Friedkin could do comedy well, it's a shame he hasn't tried it more often.

    Directed by William Friedkin, who had made his directorial debut with Good Times (1967), starring Sonny and Cher. While that flopped, it got him noticed, and he was given an offer by producers Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin to to this musical comedy based on Rowland Barber's 1960's novel. It's an enjoyable film that focuses on a time now gone and the kinds of entertainment that people enjoyed back 40 years previously. In 1925, Amish girl Rachel Schpitendavel (Britt Ekland) comes to New York from Pennsylvania to make it big as a dancer. A chance encounter with Professor Spats (Bert Lahr) brings her to Minsky's Burlesque, where she meets entertainer Raymond Paine (Jason Robards) and partner Chick (Norman Wisdom). The theatre has been under threat of closure when owner Billy Minsky (Elliott Gould) can't raise any money, and is battling moral crusader Vance Fowler (Denholm Elliott) as well. Rachel becomes a dancer at Minsky's, but matters are complicated when her stern, devout father Jacob (Harry Andrews) arrives in town to bring Rachel back home. It's got the look of one of those big overblown musicals that went around in the 1960's, but it's actually focused, and the comedy and musical routines are well staged in this film, Friedkin could do comedy well, it's a shame he hasn't tried it more often.

  • Dec 24, 2012

    Robards and Wisdom, jiggles and bumps, great songs...and how the strip tease was born--A delightful nostalgic comedy!!

    Robards and Wisdom, jiggles and bumps, great songs...and how the strip tease was born--A delightful nostalgic comedy!!

  • Dec 11, 2012

    manages 2 capture the spirit & world of burlesque directed by the guy who did 'the exorcist'

    manages 2 capture the spirit & world of burlesque directed by the guy who did 'the exorcist'

  • Apr 21, 2012

    What a stinker. This movie was nothing but rubish, and disgraceful. The people who made this should have thrown it out.

    What a stinker. This movie was nothing but rubish, and disgraceful. The people who made this should have thrown it out.

  • Jun 05, 2011

    impressive cast tried 2 like this one but it mi9sses the mark.

    impressive cast tried 2 like this one but it mi9sses the mark.

  • Feb 15, 2011

    Luv Elliott Gould & Britt Ekland always.

    Luv Elliott Gould & Britt Ekland always.