A talented Bob Hope stars in The Lemon Drop Kid (1951), and although much of it is funny, I don’t consider it a successful movie.
Hope’s character is a chiseling skunk who is only a little less than a chiseling skunk at the flick’s end. Naturally he has a girlfriend but the actress who plays her, Marilyn Maxwell, is charmless. . . The movie lacks what marked a lot of American screen farces of the Thirties and early Forties: likable characters and, whether the narratives were any good or not, likable scripts. The script for It’s a Gift is indifferently plotted but still likable, still palatable. Those words don’t describe the script for The Lemon Drop Kid.
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