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The Cat's-Paw (1934)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 7 August 1934 (USA)
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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Jake Mayo
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Strozzi
Grace Bradley ...
Dolores Doce
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Mayor Ed Morgan
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Silk Hat McGee
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Tien Wang (as Fred Warren)
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'Spike' Slattery
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Shigley (as J. Farrell Macdonald)
James Donlan ...
Red - the Reporter
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District Attorney Neal
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Dan Moriarity - Police Commissioner
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Stuttering Gangster
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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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Release Date:

7 August 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Sündenbock  »

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Budget:

$617,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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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

Jake Mayo: Where you from, son?
Ezekiel Cobb: China.
Jake Mayo: China? You mean where them laundry men come from?
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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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Pleasant cinematic diversion
1 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The social satire of this cinematic diversion shows Harold Lloyd proving he is as funny as he ever was in silent pictures. It does seem as though Mr. Lloyd's Chinese was dubbed in this film.

Despite its presentation of ethnic stereotypes that might be offensive to some modern day viewers, The Cat's Paw is still charming and rather tongue-in-cheek and not at all malicious. In fact, this writer would rank it among Lloyd's best sound features. Its greatest asset is its potent commentary about simple life values.

You do not need nine reminders to watch this film...just nine lives to enjoy it time and time again.


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