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The Night They Raided Minsky's(1968)

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In 1925, young Billy Minsky is in danger of losing the National Winter Garden theater which houses his famous burlesque show. Despite the fact that Billy's father, Louis, owns the theater, he is threatening not to renew his son's lease because of the harassment of Vance Fowler's Society for the Suppression of Vice. The outlook becomes even gloomier when racketeer Trim Houlihan refuses to buy the theater from the elder Minsky. Then Rachel Schpitendavel arrives on the scene. A young Pennsylvania Amish woman who has run away from her strict father in order to dance Bible scenes on the stage, she attracts the attention of the show's top banana, Raymond Paine, and fall guy, Chick Williams. Chick's interest is purely romantic, but the conniving Paine has an ulterior motive; he circulates the rumor that Rachel will do a special midnight show featuring the indecent dance of Mademoiselle Fifi, the French heroine of popular pornographic pamphlets. The plan is to provoke Fowler's society and the police into raiding the theater, whereupon they will discover Rachel doing an innocent Bible dance and be forced to make an embarrassed retreat. On the day of the performance, however, several complications arise: Rachel's father, Jacob, arrives to take his daughter home; Trim decides to make "Mademoiselle Fifi" his moll; and Chick's rivalry with the philandering Paine over Rachel leads to a series of brawls. When Rachel defies everyone by going on stage, her father tries to stop her and accidentally tears her dress. Encouraged by the enthusiastic response of the audience, Rachel abandons her Bible story dance and begins to peel off her clothes. Noticing Paine's disapproval, she reaches out to him, and the top of her dress falls away. As the performers are herded out of the theater by the police, they are hailed as heroes by the cheering crowd. The striptease has been born. Songs and performers : "The Night They Raided Minsky's" (Rudy Vallee); "Take 10 Terrific Girls, but Only 9 Costumes" (Duffy & Rudy Vallee); "You Rat, You" (singer in speakeasy); "How I Love Her," "Perfect Gentleman" (Raymond Paine & Chick Williams); "Penny Arcade."