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The Old Grey Mayor (1935)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  1935 (USA)
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Bob and his fiancé try to break the news of their engagement to her father, the mayor, who is having a very bad day.



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Complete credited cast:
Ruth Hall ...
Gwendolyn 'Gwennie' McGill (as Ruth Blasco)
Alderman Tom Mulligan
Sam Wren ...
Marriage License Clerk
George Watts ...
Mayor Alfred K. 'A.K.' McGill


Bob Hope loves Gwennie McGill, and wants to marry her. That won't happen if Alderman Tom Mulligan has his say as he also loves her and wants to marry her. But an even larger hurdle for Bob and Gwennie getting married is her father, A.K. McGill, who also wants Gwennie to marry Tom. Gwennie's father has a few connections at city hall to be able to stop Bob and Gwennie from marrying as he's the mayor. Bob and Gwennie do whatever they can to overcome the mayor's plans. But everything may fall apart for Bob and Gwennie all because of a few exploding cigars. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Short






Release Date:

1935 (USA)  »

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Big V Comedies: The Old Grey Mayor  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Available as an extra on the Warner DVD of 'G' Men (1935). See more »


Featured in Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story (2002) See more »


Bridal Chorus
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Variations played during the marriage license bureau scene
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Skip the movie, watch the eyeballs.
28 February 2002 | by (Minffordd, North Wales) – See all my reviews

Something very funny happened when Bob Hope filmed this movie, but unfortunately you won't see it *IN* the movie.

In "The Old Grey Mayor", Hope and Lionel Stander play rivals. The shooting script called for them to stand eyeball to eyeball and insult each other. Lionel Stander had one blue eye and one brown eye. When the camera rolled, Bob Hope found himself staring into Stander's mismatched eyeballs, and he couldn't keep a straight face. Hope kept "corpsing" (cracking up), and blowing all his takes. Finally the director had to reblock the scene so that Hope and Stander didn't stand so close to each other.

"The Old Grey Mayor" isn't very funny. What would REALLY be funny is the out-take footage of all those takes when Bob Hope kept laughing at Stander's eyeballs. Hope told this story about his encounter with Stander's eyeballs in his autobiography "Have Tux, Will Travel" (ghost-written by Pete Martin) but he didn't identify the movie in which it occurred.

One of the characters in this movie is identified in the dialogue as "A.K.". This is a mildly ribald Jewish joke. "A.K." is a euphemism for 'alter kocker', an unpleasant Yiddish epithet. That's about as funny as this movie gets.

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