Hope is 'The Lemon Drop Kid'

Dec 22, 2012
Bob Hope as horse hustler Sidney Melbourne and Marilyn Maxwell as would-be horse player “Brainy” Baxter sing “Silver Bells” in “The Lemon Drop Kid.”

Thomaston — Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents its Friday Night Film Series with screenings Fridays at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1. The theme for December’s movies is Holiday Treats.

The Dec. 28 film is “The Lemon Drop Kid” from 1951, which runs 91 minutes. When a small-time swindler with a sweet tooth for citrus candy (Bob Hope) accidentally cheats the biggest boss in town, he scrambles for a way to repay his looming debt by Christmas. With the help of his girlfriend (Marilyn Maxwell), the quick-thinking Lemon Drop Kid and his gang launch a scam using Santa suits to raise money for homeless women. The film introduced the now-classic holiday tune "Silver Bells" and is adapted from a Damon Runyan Story.

Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. The Thomaston Academy Building is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

Courier Publications editorial assistant Holly Vanorse Spicer can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at hvanorse@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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