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


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Release Date:

7 June 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El alcalde de Broadway  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was Bob Hope's last film for Paramount Pictures. 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 »


Happy Days Are Here Again
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
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This role was made for Bob Hope.
29 May 2002 | by (St. Peters, MO) – See all my reviews

Having watched this movie many times -- it's in my library, I firmly believe that the role could only have been played by Bob Hope. To my mind, this is his best performance. That coupled with an excellent cast, highlighted by the duet with Jimmy Durante (and Jack Benny's cameo) make this a thoroughly enjoyable movie to watch -- just for fun. >

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