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The Cat's-Paw (1934)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 7 August 1934 (USA)
A naive missionary brought up 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.

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Cast

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Dolores Doce
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Mayor Ed Morgan
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Tien Wang (as Fred Warren)
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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:

The Cat's Paw  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$617,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$693,000
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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: He keeps jabbering about bandits in China. And, now he won't talk to nobody but them chinks in the cellar.
Strozzi: Is that big chink with the sword down there?
Jake Mayo: Its full of chinks!
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Soundtracks

I'm Just That Way
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Roy Turk
Performed by Grace Bradley
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Is that the same Harold Lloyd that was hanging from the clock?
5 October 1999 | by 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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