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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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Complete credited cast:
Chris Nolan
Allie Walker
Charley Hand
Bernie Williams - Broadway producer
Richard Shannon ...
Dick Jackson
Arthur Julian
Sid Nash
George Jessel
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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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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


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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Follows Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) See more »


Someone to Watch Over Me
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
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Hope Shines in Fine Tribute to Mayor Walker ***1/2
21 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

Bob Hope turned in a great performance as N.Y. Mayor James Walker in this 1957 film.

While the film did not delve into the exact intricacies of the corruption of the Walker Administration, we do have Judge Seabury heading the investigation prompted by Gov. Roosevelt, who wanted that nomination in 1932 and would use Walker's alleged corruption to get it.

Remember the song- the little tin box? That best describes what was going on when Walker, a really decent not-too bright guy, let corrupt officials run the show at City Hall.

Adored by the people at first,(Will You Remember Me in December is sung with zest), he can't accept the booing he encounters at a baseball game, once the corruption details start coming out.

Adding fuel to the fire is Walker's abandonment of his wife for actress Betty Compton, played by Vera Miles. Walker eventually resigned and went with Compton to Mexico.

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