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Beau James (1957)

Biopic of the political career of Jimmy Walker, flamboyant and somewhat corrupt Mayor of New York City from 1926-1932.

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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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Arthur Julian
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Sid Nash
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George Jessel
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Gov. Alfred E. 'Al' Smith
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Storyline

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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Biography | Drama

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7 June 1957 (USA)  »

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El alcalde de Broadway  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Quotes

Mayor James J. 'Jimmy' Walker: Goodbye... but remember this: the voters always get what they deserve. I wasn't the only chump in this city. It took a lot of you to elect me.
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Connections

Follows Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

When We're Alone (Penthouse Serenade)
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Written by Will Jason and Val Burton
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New York was in his blood
9 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

In Beau James, Bob Hope does a great job of depicting how the enormity of New York courses through its Mayor's blood and at least partially takes over every aspect of his life. Politics, in general, makes it difficult, if not impossible some times, to actually have a private life. When New York is your wife, you have no time for mistresses. Bob Hope did a great job of illustrating this in Beau James. He neither looked nor spoke like the tall, angular, thick-accented Jimmy Walker, but Hope captured his spirit and his joie-de-vivre. Paul Douglas is superb as Chris, the Tammany Hall boss. Alexis Smith is marvelous as Walker's pragmatic spouse and Vera Miles is gorgeous and winsome as ingénue Betty Compton with whom Walker had an affair. There is a great cameo by Jimmy Durante while Darrin McGavin and James Flavin both resonate in strong supporting performances. This is an enjoyable film that never forgets that New York is its actual star.


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