St. Benny the Dip (August 21, 1951)

Saint Benny the Dip
 

Released on August 21, 1951: (running time 1 hour and 21 minutes) Three con men on the run from the cops steal clothes from a church and pretend to be priests.

Produced by Edward J. Danziger and Harry Lee Danziger

Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer

The Actors: Dick Haymes (Benny, con man), Nina Foch (Linda Kovacs), Roland Young (Matthew, con man), Lionel Stander (Monk Williams, con man), Freddie Bartholomew (Wilbur, young priest), Oskar Karlweis (Mr. Kovacs), William A. Lee (Police Sergeant Monahan), Dick Gordon (Reverend Miles, priest), Jean Casto (Mrs. Mary Williams), Eddie Wells (Police Patrolman McAvoy), James Bender (hotel house detective), Dort Clark (Lieutenant Saunders), Verne Colette (Walter, Linda's boyfriend), John Lupton (Seminary Student)

 

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Three Con-Men and the Stolen Cloth

In the late 1800’s Keith Young was a famous and wealthy architect in London, so of course his young son Roland would be schooled at Sherbourne, where one of England’s first kings was taught. The room he lived in while attending Sherbourn was a small underground room occupied by a thirteenth century monk.

After getting his father’s reluctant permission to be an actor, and attending what would become the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he found many stage roles in West London and on Broadway in the U.S. Although he acted both in London and the U.S. for much of his career, Roland Young became a U.S. citizen in 1918 and immediately joined the Army to fight in World War One.

At the age of 35, in 1922, Roland Young appeared in his first motion picture starring John Barrymore, and another first-time movie actor named William Powell. After appearing for almost thirty years in movies and television shows, Roland Young would pass quietly in his sleep two years after this movie was released

As our adventure opens, Roland Young and two other men are con-artists who will deftly rob an unsuspecting sucker, but just as they are about to get away, a hotel house detective catches them. They will get away, but they are chased by the police through the dark streets of New York City.

Desperate to evade the cops, the three crooks duck into a church and steal the clothing of three priests before heading back into the streets to escape the cops. Unfortunately, the cops will find them hiding in an old abandoned building, and the three crooks decide that there is only one way to stay out of jail. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Dick Gordon
Dick Gordon
Dick Gordon, Freddie Bartholomew
Dick Gordon, Freddie Bartholomew
Dick Gordon, Freddie Bartholomew
Dick Gordon, Freddie Bartholomew
Dick Haymes
Dick Haymes
Dick Haymes, Roland Young
Dick Haymes, Roland Young
Dick Haymes
Dick Haymes
Dick Haymes
Dick Haymes
Dort Clark
Dort Clark
Edward Wells
Edward Wells
Freddie Bartholomew
Freddie Bartholomew
Freddie Bartholomew, Dick Gordon
Freddie Bartholomew, Dick Gordon
James Bender
James Bender
Jean Casto
Jean Casto
Jean Casto, Lionel Stander
Jean Casto, Lionel Stander
Jean Casto, Lionel Stander
Jean Casto, Lionel Stander
Lionel Stander
Lionel Stander
Lionel Stander, Jean Casto
Lionel Stander, Jean Casto
Lionel Stander, Roland Young, Dick Haymes
Lionel Stander, Roland Young, Dick Haymes
Lionel Stander
Lionel Stander
Lionel Stander
Lionel Stander
Nina Foch
Nina Foch
Nina Foch. Dick Haymes
Nina Foch. Dick Haymes
Nina Foch
Nina Foch
Nina Foch
Nina Foch
Nina Foch
Nina Foch
Oskar Karlweis
Oskar Karlweis
Oskar Karlweis
Oskar Karlweis
Roland Young
Roland Young
Roland Young, Lionel Stander, Dick Haymes
Roland Young, Lionel Stander, Dick Haymes
Roland Young, Lionel Stander
Roland Young, Lionel Stander
Roland Young, William A. Lee
Roland Young, William A. Lee
Roland Young
Roland Young
Roland Young
Roland Young
Vern Colette
Vern Colette
William A. Lee
William A. Lee
William A. Lee, Dick Gordon
William A. Lee, Dick Gordon
William A. Lee, Edward Wells
William A. Lee, Edward Wells
William A. Lee, Edward Wells
William A. Lee, Edward Wells