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Politics (1931)

Passed  -  Comedy | Romance  -  25 July 1931 (USA)
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Middle-aged widow Hattie Burns becomes fed up when local small-town politicians ignore corruption and decides to run for mayor herself.


(as Charles F. Riesner)


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Complete credited cast:
Hattie Burns
Polly Moran ...
Ivy Higgins
Roscoe Ates ...
Peter Higgins (as Rosco Ates)
Karen Morley ...
Myrtle Burns
Benny Emerson
John Miljan ...
Jim Curango
Joan Marsh ...
Daisy Evans
Tom McGuire ...
Mayor Tom Collins
Kane Richmond ...
Nifty Morgan
Mary Alden ...
Mrs. Mary Evans


Middle-aged, small-town widow Hattie Burns is angered when a friend's daughter is inadvertently killed by s stray bullet in a gangland shootout at a local speakeasy. When Hattie confronts the mayor, a political hack running for re-election, at a campaign event about closing the illegal operations down, he brushes her off as only a woman. Other women at the rally draft her as a rival candidate with best-friend Ivy as campaign manager and female voters go on a "Lysistrata"-like parlor, bedroom, and bath strike in order to insure Hattie's election. Unfortunately, Hattie does not know that her daughter Myrtle's boyfriend, a reformed but wounded hoodlum, is hiding out in her attic. Written by

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Comedy | Romance


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25 July 1931 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Ivy Higgins: [Last lines at the commencement of Myrtle and Benny's marriage ceremony] And, you know, it isn't every young couple that can have the wedding ceremony performed by Her Honor, the Mayor.
[indicating Hattie]
Hattie Burns: No, and it isn't every young couple that can have as Matron of Honor, the Commissioner of Garbage.
[indicating Ivy]
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References The Stolen Jools (1931) See more »


The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played at the wedding
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Great Teaming of Dressler and Moran
29 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even tho this is a slight film, Politics is entertaining and moves along nicely. Marie Dressler was one of the very best star actresses of her time. She could swing from comedy to drama in a heartbeat. After a big comeback in late silent films, Dressler charged into talkies and became a top star. Teamed with Polly Moran in 3 starring roles, Dressler struts her stuff here as a widow who gets pushed into running for mayor in a town plagued by gangsters and speakeasies. Nothing special plot wise but solid performances by the stars. Karen Morley, Roscoe Ates, William Bakewell, Claire de Brey, Robert Dudley, John Miljan, and Joan Marsh co-star. But Dressler is the main reason to watch this 1931 comedy/drama, and she is tops.

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