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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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Cast

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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

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

Manhattan
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Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
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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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