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Beau James (1957)

 -  Biography | Drama  -  7 June 1957 (USA)
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Biopic of the political career of Jimmy Walker, flamboyant and somewhat corrupt Mayor of New York City from 1926-1932.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Mayor James J. 'Jimmy' Walker
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Betty Compton
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Chris Nolan
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Allie Walker
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Charley Hand
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Bernie Williams, Broadway producer
Horace McMahon ...
Prosecutor
Richard Shannon ...
Dick Jackson
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Arthur Julian
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Sid Nash
George Jessel ...
George Jessell
Walter Catlett ...
Gov. Alfred E. 'Al' Smith
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The story of Jimmy Walker who became mayor of New York in the '20s. Used by professional politicians and money-grabbers, Walker himself was "stupid but clean", although his open affair with Betty Compton cost him dear. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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He took New York for its wildest joyride! See more »

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7 June 1957 (USA)  »

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Beau James  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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This film and The Seven Little Foys (1955) are the two serious dramas that Bob Hope starred in. See more »

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Mayor Walker is in a parade near movie's end. In the background is a 1955 or 1956 Cadillac. See more »

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Follows Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) See more »

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His Honor the Mayor of New York
Music by Joseph J. Lilley
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
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Sanitized and sentimental, but not bad.
17 April 1999 | by (warren michigan) – See all my reviews

This is the closest thing to a good dramatic performance Bob Hope ever gave...and its pretty good. Of course, the film soft pedals and simplifies: Walkers great antagonists, Seabury and LaGuardia, barely appear in it. In fact, there is a great dramatic and tragic film waiting to be made of the Jimmy Walker story, with terrific roles for the actors who would portray the "little flower' LaGuardia, and the incorruptible, if cold -hearted, "man who rode the Tiger", Seabury, as well as Jimmy Walker ( not to mention his wife and mistress). Maybe Scorsese could do it someday.


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