For today’s Christmas movie, I watched Bob Hope in The Lemon Drop Kid. This is the movie from 1951. There is an older movie with the same title, but that one is not set at Christmas. I specifically wanted to watch this one because the song Silver Bells was written for this film, and I had never seen it before.

Bob Hope plays a con artist who finds that he needs to raise a ton of money by Christmas. He hires a bunch of guys to dress up like Santa and ring bells to get people to donate money to their cause. One of them is Fred from I Love Lucy. There are a few songs in the film that are all pretty, but the Silver Bells scene is just as Christmas-y as I had hoped it would be, and is worth the movie rental price.

Christmas is just a backdrop for the rest of the movie, but it’s enjoyable for its plot that is relatively unique by today’s standards.

I have not recently watched any Bob Hope movies, so the main thing I noticed watching this one was how much I was reminded of Vince Vaughn, and not because the movie plot is echoed by the movie Fred Claus. It seemed so obvious to me that Vince Vaughn is heavily influenced by Bob Hope’s style, that I actually Googled “Vince Vaughn Bob Hope” to see if I was just the last person on earth to know about this. There were only a few hits for that phrase. I suppose they are so many generations apart that most people wouldn’t make the connection after all. At any rate, you might want to make today a double feature and watch Vince Vaughn doing his con artist act in Fred Claus right after you watch The Lemon Drop Kid. Do you see the similarity?

The Lemon Drop Kid is available to rent on Amazon for $3.99. (affiliate link)

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