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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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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
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Prosecutor
Richard Shannon ...
Dick Jackson
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Arthur Julian
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Sid Nash
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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 {J-26}

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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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El alcalde de Broadway  »

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Final film of Walter Catlett. 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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Happy Days Are Here Again
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Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
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A Valentine to New York City with surprisingly strong dramatic performance by Hope
3 September 2001 | by (Leonia, NJ) – See all my reviews

I was a teenager when James J. Walker was the Mayor of New York. Bob Hope doesn't look anything like him but catches the essence of his exuberant spirits and lack of responsibility very well. The narration by Walter Winchell adds just the right touch.

Paul Douglas is perfect as the Tammany boss. Hope is especially terrific in the dramatic conflict and emotional scenes with both Alexis Smith and Vera Miles. It makes me wish Hope did more straight-up dramas. It is especially a shame in retrospect, because after Beau James, Hope really never had the opportunity to make a good movie again (unless you count Critic's Choice which I don't).

If you enjoy nostalgic sad-and-funny movies about New York, this is one for you.


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