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Release Date:
7 June 1957 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Story of Fabulous Jimmy Walker . . . Mayor of New York See more »
Plot:
Biopic of the political career of Jimmy Walker, flamboyant and somewhat corrupt Mayor of New York City from 1926-1932. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
A Valentine to New York City with surprisingly strong dramatic performance by Hope See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Bob Hope ... Mayor James J. 'Jimmy' Walker

Vera Miles ... Betty Compton

Paul Douglas ... Chris Nolan

Alexis Smith ... Allie Walker

Darren McGavin ... Charley Hand

Joe Mantell ... Bernie Williams - Broadway producer
Horace McMahon ... Prosecutor
Richard Shannon ... Dick Jackson

Willis Bouchey ... Arthur Julian

Sid Melton ... Sid Nash

George Jessel ... George Jessel
Walter Catlett ... Gov. Alfred E. 'Al' Smith
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Alden ... Reporter - scene 201 (uncredited)
Hy Anzell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Babette Bain ... Puerto Rican Child (uncredited)
Russ Bender ... Reporter (uncredited)

Jack Benny ... Jack Benny (uncredited)
John Benson ... Photographer (uncredited)
Larry J. Blake ... Reporter (uncredited)
Hazel Boyne ... Flower Woman (uncredited)
Leonard Bremen ... Building Inspector Versali (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Photographer (uncredited)

Sammy Cahn ... Arranger (uncredited)

G. Pat Collins ... 1st Policeman (uncredited)
Danny Davenport ... New Yorker (uncredited)
James Davies ... Spectator (uncredited)
Joseph Donte ... Photographer - scene 201 (uncredited)

Jimmy Durante ... Jimmy Durante (uncredited)
Mickey Finn ... Policeman (uncredited)
Richard B. Fitzgerald ... Police Secretary (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Capt. Dennis (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Extra (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Attorney (uncredited)
Paul Gary ... Reporter (uncredited)
Sandra Gould ... Secretary (uncredited)

Johnny Grant ... Reporter (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Man on Dais / Man in Audience (uncredited)
Len Hendry ... New Yorker (uncredited)
James Hyland ... Policeman (scene 76) (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Capt. Pat O'Shea (uncredited)
Lorna Jordon ... New Yorker (uncredited)
Charles Keane ... 2nd Policeman (uncredited)
Vilis Lapenieks ... Latvian Ambassador (uncredited)
George Lynn ... Reporter (uncredited)
Sidney Marion ... New Yorker (uncredited)
Edward McNally ... Governor's Secretary (uncredited)
Joe McTurk ... Billy - Speakeasy Owner (uncredited)
William Meader ... Reporter (uncredited)
Charles Meredith ... Judge John Harrison (uncredited)
Lyle Moraine ... Spectator (uncredited)
Pat Moran ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Edgar Murray ... Doctor - scenes 56, 57, 58 (uncredited)
Dick Nelson ... Franklin D. Roosevelt (uncredited)
James O'Neill ... Patrolman (uncredited)
Jack Pepper ... Politician (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Theatre Man (uncredited)

Bing Russell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Dick Ryan ... Policeman (uncredited)
Tim Ryan ... Captain of Police (uncredited)
Joel Smith ... Governor's Secretary (uncredited)
Robert Strong ... Photographer - scene 118 (uncredited)

Joe Turkel ... Reporter (uncredited)
Philip Van Zandt ... Reporter (uncredited)
Selene Walters ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Harlan Warde ... Reporter (uncredited)
Walter Winchell ... Narrator (uncredited)
Gordon Wynn ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Melville Shavelson 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gene Fowler  book
Jack Rose 
Melville Shavelson 

Produced by
Jack Rose .... producer
 
Original Music by
Joseph J. Lilley (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
John F. Warren 
 
Film Editing by
Floyd Knudtson 
 
Casting by
Bert McKay (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
John B. Goodman 
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Frank R. McKelvy 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Charles Woolstenhulme .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael D. Moore .... assistant director
Clem Jones .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Al Mann .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator
Tom Plews .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charles Grenzbach .... sound
Hugo Grenzbach .... sound
Howard Beals .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Lucky Kargo .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
W. Wallace Kelley .... photographer: second unit
Frank J. Calabria .... additional photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sy Devore .... wardrobe: Bob Hope (uncredited)
Glenita Dinneen .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jack Baker .... dances and musical numbers staged by
Joseph J. Lilley .... conductor
Joseph J. Lilley .... music arranger
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Imogene Lynn .... singing voice: Vera Miles (uncredited)
Van Cleave .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Harold Melnicker .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Stanley Scheuer .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
USA:105 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
This film and The Seven Little Foys (1955) are the two serious dramas that Bob Hope starred in.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Mayor Walker is in a parade near movie's end. In the background is a 1955 or 1956 Cadillac.See more »
Movie Connections:
Follows Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)See more »
Soundtrack:
ManhattanSee more »

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A Valentine to New York City with surprisingly strong dramatic performance by Hope, 3 September 2001
Author: the_old_roman from Leonia, NJ

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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