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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
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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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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

Pat Pratt: Well, Mr. Mayor!
Ezekiel Cobb: Good evening, Miss Pratt. Isn't this terrible!
Pat Pratt: What?
Ezekiel Cobb: What? I've got to be mayor!
Pat Pratt: Oh, well its all a circus anyway. And every circus must have its clown.
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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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Missionary returns to find a wife and gets elected mayor of a corrupt town
20 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this old black and white talkie. At first I didn't recognize Harold Lloyd as Mr. Cobb, a missionary to China coming home to find a wife. There were many twists and turns in Mr. Cobb's attempts to clean up city hall. His methods of making the punishment fit the crime would likely be illegal, but this is not a movie based on reality. This would be a perfect movie for children except that there is female near nudity (pasties only on Grace Bradley)! The old telephones are enchanting. The only fault is a problem typical of the day - Caucasians are used to represent Chinese men. This is offset by the positive way the Chinese are portrayed. They are the wise, good and friendly guys. Trivia - a Bekins truck appears in the movie when the police run out of Black Marias.


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