St. Benny the Dip is blessed with a marvelous cast. Dick Haymes, Lionel Stander, and Cosmo Topper himself, Roland Young, play a trio of small time hoodlums who disguise themselves as priests to escape a police dragnet. Finding themselves in an abandoned Bowery mission, the threesome take their masquerade to extremes, holding services and feeding the poor. This marvelous tale of redemption also stars a luminous Nina Foch as love interest and Freddie Bartholomew in his final screen appearance. This is perhaps the first and so far only noir-comedy ever made, with some very fine black and white location photography by Don Malkames,
November 2, 2022 Subject:
Not Noir! Comedy! File it Right!
Get this out of the noir and put it in the comedy hole where it belongs! Dumb people loading films! As a comedy it’s ok! Can’t rate it because it’s not noir!
March 20, 2011 Subject:
Not quite logical
This movie did not work completely for me because when I saw the movie I did not understand that it was a comedy. I kept waiting for the police to either arrest the gang or resume the pursuit, but neither happened. I felt that the intelligence of the police was underestimated.
Reviewer:Dr Feel Rotten
January 15, 2011 Subject:
pretty good acting
The story was ho-hum, but well acted. I did notice the tint made this movie seem much older than it really was. I was reminded of a friend many years ago who stole one of his dads stag films and played it on his bedroom wall.. This movie reminded me of it for the tint..It just had a feel of being shown not on a big screen, but on someone's bedroom wall in the dark.
The only real surprise was that only one character actually stayed in the mission, but you get the sense they all stayed to help out. Whether they do or not is left to the imagination and a bit of faith in the better parts of human nature..
March 28, 2010 Subject:
Great acting by an outstanding cast in a quick-moving but predictable storyline.