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The Cat's-Paw (1934)

 -  Comedy  -  7 August 1934 (USA)
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Naive Ezekial Cobb, brought up by his missionary father in China returns to America to seek a wife. Corrupt politicians enlist him to run for mayor as a dummy candidate with no chance of ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Una Merkel ...
Pat Pratt
George Barbier ...
Jake Mayo
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Strozzi
Grace Bradley ...
Dolores Doce
Alan Dinehart ...
Mayor Ed Morgan
...
Silk Hat McGee
E. Alyn Warren ...
Tien Wang (as Fred Warren)
Warren Hymer ...
'Spike' Slattery
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Shigley (as J. Farrell Macdonald)
James Donlan ...
Red - the Reporter
...
District Attorney Neal
Frank Sheridan ...
Dan Moriarity - Police Commissioner
Fuzzy Knight ...
Stuttering Gangster
Vince Barnett ...
Wilks - a Gangster (as Vincent Barnett)
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Storyline

Naive Ezekial Cobb, brought up by his missionary father in China returns to America to seek a wife. Corrupt politicians enlist him to run for mayor as a dummy candidate with no chance of winning. Their plan backfires as he wins and embarks upon a reform crusade. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Everything new but these [eyeglasses]

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Release Date:

7 August 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Strohmann  »

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Budget:

$617,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The delay that followed Harold Lloyd's last picture Movie Crazy (1932) was partly due to the fact that he could find no suitable story. He bought The Cat's Paw when Author Clarence Budington Kelland had finished only the first chapter, offered suggestions to make the part more to his taste. When the story was finished Lloyd was amazed to find that none of the antics which his private staff of "gagmen" usually arrange for him seemed to fit the plot. He finally accepted the advice of his director, Sam Taylor, to make the picture without his customary comedy inventions. See more »

Quotes

Ezekiel Cobb: A cordial greeting, my worthy friend!
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Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played at the Good Government League meeting at the City Club
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Is that the same Harold Lloyd that was hanging from the clock?
5 October 1999 | by (Montreal) – See all my reviews

This production was quite a surprise for me. I absolutely love obscure early 30s movies, but I wasn't prepared for the last 25 minutes of this story. If, by any chance, you're not convinced in the first half, hang in there for the finale. Of course, you must look at the blatant racism as being purely topical. A fascinating viewing experience, but I think THE CAT'S PAW is not available on video/DVD yet. Watch your PBS listings!


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