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The Old Grey Mayor (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 6 April 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:

6 April 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Big V Comedies (1934-1935 season): 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 »


Banking on the Weather
Music by Sammy Fain
Played during the opening credits and at the beginning
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Whatever Became Of What's-His-Name?
13 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's an early look at Bob Hope as Warner Brothers shows off one of their new young comedic talents. I wonder if that guy Hope ever made it in show business?

"I don't care if you are the mayor. I love your daughter and I am going to marry her." Those are the lines Bob is practicing outside the mayor's office." A few seconds later, somebody is thrown out of the mayor's office through the plate glass door. "I guess the mayor is in a nasty mood," Hope tells his girl. "Maybe I better write him a letter." To complicate matters, another guy - a smug wise guy - also wants to marry her and is good friends with the mayor.

Bob gets talked into seeing her father and then, after some exploding cigar scenes, he tells the mayor he intends the get the marriage license, whether he likes it or not!

A few phone calls by the mayor, however, make getting that license a very difficult thing, to say the least. Most of the lines from that point are extremely dated and corny, although I did laugh at Hope with his fake beard.

Overall, worth one look. It's a feature on the DVD of the James Cagney film, "G'Men."

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