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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Complete credited cast:
Mayor James J. 'Jimmy' Walker
Betty Compton
Chris Nolan
Allie Walker
Charley Hand
Bernie Williams - Broadway producer
Richard Shannon ...
Dick Jackson
Arthur Julian
Sid Nash
Walter Catlett ...
Gov. Alfred E. 'Al' Smith


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 {J-26}

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Release Date:

7 June 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El alcalde de Broadway  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Final film of Walter Catlett. See more »


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


Follows Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) See more »


Someone to Watch Over Me
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
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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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