St. Benny the Dip (1951) [Comedy]
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're 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. Like the Priest allowing Jean Valjean to escape, in Les Misérables, it's the first time they've been treated with respect, and had a chance to do some good work, for awhile. The question is whether the police detectives or junior priests will turn them in before they even have a chance.
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer, produced by Edward J. Danziger and Harry Lee Danziger, written by George Auerbach (story) and John Roeburt (writer), starring 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 and James Bender as House Detective.
Source: "St. Benny the Dip" Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.. 25 March 2013. Web. 31 March 2013. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Benny_the_Dip.
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