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Director  Edgar G. Ulmer
Distributor  United Artists
Language  English
6/10 IMDb

Genres  Comedy, Religious Film
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Country  USA
St Benny the Dip movie poster
Writer  George Auerbach, John Roeburt, fr
Release date  August 24, 1951
Cast  Dick Haymes (Benny), Nina Foch (Linda Kovacs), Roland Young (Matthew), Lionel Stander (Monk Williams), Freddie Bartholomew (Reverend Wilbur), Oskar Karlweis (Mr. Kovacs)
Similar movies  Related Edgar G Ulmer movies

St. Benny the Dip is a 1951 American comedy film directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. The film is also known as Escape If You Can in the United Kingdom.

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The film opens with one of the few depictions of the East River maritime area of New York City many years before it became the South Street Seaport tourist attraction.

Plot summary

Benny (Dick Haymes), Monk (Lionel Stander) and Matthew (Roland Young) are three small-time crooks trying to escape a police dragnet in New York City. After hiding in a church and taking minister's suits and dog collars, they emerge, dressed as priests, and find shelter in an abandoned Bowery mission. When beat cops mistake them for real ministers sent to restore the soup kitchen, they are forced to go along with repairs, holding services and feeding the poor. They have to decide whether to stay, steal the mission money and run, or... change their lives. As with Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, when the bishop he has robbed lets him go, it is the first time they have been treated with respect and had a chance to do good work. The question is whether the police detectives or junior priests will turn them in before they even have a chance.

Cast

  • Dick Haymes as Benny
  • Nina Foch as Linda Kovacs
  • Roland Young as Matthew
  • Lionel Stander as Monk Williams
  • Freddie Bartholomew as Reverend Wilbur
  • Oskar Karlweis as Mr. Kovacs
  • William A. Lee as Police Sergeant Monahan
  • Dick Gordon as Reverend Miles
  • Jean Casto as Mrs. Mary Williams
  • Eddie Wells as Patrolman McAvoy
  • James Bender as House Detective
  • Soundtrack

    I Believe
    Words and Music by Robert W. Stringer

    References

    St. Benny the Dip Wikipedia
    St. Benny the Dip IMDb St. Benny the Dip themoviedb.org


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