The Night They Raided Minsky's (The Night They Invented Striptease) (1968) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Night They Raided Minsky's (The Night They Invented Striptease) (1968)




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Rachel (Britt Ekland) is an Amish girl who rejects her religious upbringing and travels to the big city. She meets Raymond Paine (Jason Robards) and Billy Minsky (Elliot Gould) who put her on stage. A sensual striptease emerges from what was supposed to be a religious dance, eventually causing the cops to bust the place. Soon her father comes after his daughter who by now is coveted by gangsters. Forrest Tucker plays gangster Trim Houlihan, the quick-tempered Irishman. The film accurately reflects the mood of the burlesque halls which had died out by the time the feature was released. Veteran comic Burt Lahr, one of the last true burlesque and vaudeville performers, makes his last film appearance as Professor Spats. British comedian Norman Wisdom steals the show in his role as Chick Williams. Rudy Valee, the top crooning heartthrob of the 1920s, narrates and sings a few songs. The surviving Minsky brother Morton acted as technical advisor for this song and dance filled slice of Americana. Burlesque had all but died out by the time the film was release, and this feature accurately recalls the bygone era that started before talking pictures and even radio were mainstream items.


Jason Robards
as Raymond Paine
Britt Ekland
as Rachel Elizabeth Schpitendavel
Forrest Tucker
as Trim Houlihan
Bert Lahr
as Professor Spats
Norman Wisdom
as Chick Williams
Harry Andrews
as Jacob Schpitendavel
Jack Burns
as Candy Butcher
Gloria Le Roy
as Mae Harris
Lillian Hayman
as Singer In Speakeasy
Judith Lowry
as Mother Annie
Mike Elias
as Immigration Officer
Frank Shaw
as Immigration Officer
Chanin Hale
as Valerie
Ernestine Barrett
as Minsky's Girl
Kelsey Collins
as Minsky's Girl
Marilyn D'Honau
as Minsky's Girl
Kathryn Doby
as Minsky's Girl
Joanna Lehmann
as Minsky's Girl
Dorothea MacFarland
as Minsky's Girl
Billie Mahoney
as Minsky's Girl
Carolyn Morris
as Minsky's Girl
June Eve Story
as Minsky's Girl
Helen Wood
as Minsky's Girl
Joe E. Marks
as Costume Shop Proprietor
Fats Thomas
as Stagehand
Reno Pesauri
as Stagehand
Rudy Vallee
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for The Night They Raided Minsky's (The Night They Invented Striptease)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

The nicest thing about the movie, which is a little broad in plot and long in spots, is its denseness and care in detail.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

The Night They Raided Minsky's is being promoted as some sort of laff-a-minit, slapstick extravaganza, but it isn't. It has the courage to try for more than that and just about succeeds.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Considering its compromised production and less than enthusiastic handling in pre-production, The Night They Raided Minksy's manages enough nostalgia and energy to give it a vintage appeal.

October 28, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It seems a shame, for the director William Friedkin apparently wanted something more...but in the end the crassness of the story does him in.

August 4, 2020 | Full Review…

It truly captures the spirit of an entire way of life that no longer exists.

March 26, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Night They Raided Minsky's (The Night They Invented Striptease)

Fizzes and crackles with energy, but it's not without gravitas. Great fun!

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

A very lovingly made homage to both vaudeville and burlesque. Not overly glamorized into the typical slapsticky chuckle-fest that you might expect. While there is some of THAT...there is also a bit of the seedy and slightly dark underbelly of "the business" thrown into the mis, but done so in a way that doesn't make it feel gratuitous. The acting is good, especially Britt Ekland who gives a GREAT performance. Some of the cinematograpy and editing are genious and the costumes and set designs are SPOT ON. All of these things REALLY serve to convey the look and feel of the era and make what could easily have been just another rambunctious romp through the "Roaring 20's" look and feel (at times) more like archival footage brought to life.

Robert C
Robert C

Super Reviewer

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