#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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, “Madame Fifi,” and putting on Rachel’s performance as the place is raided. All too complicated, the more so since her father is scouring the city for her and both Raymond and his straight-man Chick are falling for Rachel.
Plot: 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.
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Love those Amish…
Everyone may know William Friedkin for “The French Connection” and “The Exorcist”, but this gem from before his heyday will always come to my mind. During the movie’s first few minutes, you’re not exactly sure where it’s going, but then we meet Rachel Schpitendavel (Britt Ekland), an Amish woman who has just arrived in 1920’s New York City. Not quite sure where to go in this bustling metropolis, she goes to Billy Minsky’s Burlesque House. Of course, she doesn’t know that burlesque involves some stuff that is perpetually anathema to the Amish lifestyle. But performer Raymond Paine (Jason Robards Jr) sees some real potential in her. Meanwhile, there are two forces at work against Rachel’s potential success: her father has arrived in town to take her back to the farm, and the police are seeking to shut down the burlesque house.
Overall, “The Night They Raided Minsky’s” is one of those nostalgia pieces that always has something coming. Interestingly, it was also a debut and farewell: Elliott Gould made his film debut playing Billy Minsky, and Bert “Cowardly Lion” Lahr plays a role too (he actually died while they were filming). Maybe this movie’s not a masterpiece, but it’s truly got something for everyone. Cool.
Norman the Great in Nostalgic Look at Early Burlesque
An affectionate look at early burlesque, “The Night They Raided Minsky’s” is at once nostalgic and funny. Grainy black-and-white footage of street life on New York’s Lower East Side fades into color; a dapper Bert Lahr, an authentic vaudevillian from the period, strides past pushcarts laden with produce; a chorus line of over-painted, over-ripe ladies kick their legs in unison to the applause of a motley male audience. The atmosphere reeks of authenticity and the producer’s love of the subject. The script by Arnold Shulman and Norman Lear revolves around a scheme to embarrass the local morals guardian into raiding the performance of a mythical Madame Fifi, who reputedly drove a million Frenchmen wild. When Madame Fifi appears, she would be an innocent Amish girl dancing scenes from the Bible. Combine some romantic entanglements and an expiring theatrical lease, stir with lots of slapstick and corny jokes, and serve with excellent performances: presto, the recipe for a breezy entertaining movie.
The lovable and endearing Norman Wisdom is the primary scene-stealer, whether mooning over a girl, doing pratfalls on stage, or trading barbs with Jason Robards. Unfortunately, many of Wisdom’s scenes with Bert Lahr were cut when the Cowardly Lion died during production. If the lost footage were found, Wisdom fans would welcome its restoration as a supplement to a future DVD release. Another scene-stealer is Joseph Wiseman, who, as the elder Minsky, delivers some of the movie’s best lines with pitch-perfect precision. Lovely Britt Eklund is naive perfection as the talent-less Amish girl, Denholm Elliott makes an excellent puckered prude, Harry Andrews fumes as the stern Amish father, and Elliott Gould as the younger Minsky and Forrest Tucker as a smooth gangster fill out the capable cast. Only the caddish Jason Robards seems out of place; while his comic delivery is good, his mistreatment of the likable Wisdom comes across as harsh, and he has an unconvincing character shift that has necks snapping in disbelief.
William Friedkin directs with a fast pace and uses rapid-editing techniques that keep the movie moving at a good clip. The fine photography by Andrew Laszlo captures the period, and the memorable music by Charles Strouse is engaging. “The Night They Raided Minsky’s” seems to have been undeservedly forgotten. If the film had been a hit and Lahr had not passed away, Norman Wisdom would have gone on to a successful career in the United States. Unfortunately, events worked against the multi-talented Wisdom and, except for his Broadway role in “Walking Happy,” his major work was done in Britain, where his legacy is a national treasure. Perhaps those who appreciate Norman’s comic genius in this film will locate his British films from the 1950’s and 60’s and discover a talent unfairly overlooked in this country.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 39 min (99 min)
Director William Friedkin
Writer Arnold Schulman, Sidney Michaels, Norman Lear
Actors Jason Robards, Britt Ekland, Norman Wisdom
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format 35 mm