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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:
Fine Hope, fair history, fun film See more (13 total) »

Cast

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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 was Bob Hope's last film for Paramount Pictures.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:
When We're Alone (Penthouse Serenade)See more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Fine Hope, fair history, fun film, 21 February 2007
Author: John Esche from Jersey City, New Jersey

Based on the charmingly cleaned up biography of a minor but colorful figure in New York history, sometime songwriter/Mayor James J. ("Gentleman Jimmy") Walker, this unjustly neglected Paramount film was a healthy success in its day but has not (as of this writing) been made available on DVD despite an outstanding cast and ties to truly remarkable figures in entertainment and history. One of Bob Hope's warmest, most thoughtful performances, it should be rescued from the occasional "fool screen" broadcast and made available in a good VistaVision release reflecting the original.

The no less fictionalized musical biography of Walker's successor as Mayor of New York, Fiorello H. LaGuardia (the sadly unfilmed FIORELLO), won a Pulitzer Prize and tied with THE SOUND OF MUSIC for the Tony as Best Musical of 1959, but Fowler's biography of Walker with Hope in the lead (looking nothing like Walker, but beautifully capturing Fowler's idea of Walker's character) was as good as it got for Gentleman Jimmy - the less well cast 1969 musical (JIMMY, inflicted on Broadway by movie mogul Jack L. Warner) suggested by the same book but with far less skilled hands writing (BEAU JAMES' director, Melville Shavelson was one of the writers) died a painful death in just over two months (October 23, 1969-January 3, 1970, at the Winter Garden Theatre after a tryout at Philadelphia's Forrest Theatre; a long out-of-print Broadway Cast Album of the enjoyable but uneven score on RCA LSO 1162 is all that survives.) In the movie, the glamorous Alexis Smith (Tony Award, Best Actress in a Musical for 1971's FOLLIES) furthered her reputation as Hollywood ice princess as Walker's unappreciated but sympathetic wife, Allie, and had to work hard to allow audiences to believe that Bob Hope's finely layered but (on screen anyway) naive Walker would leave *her* for Vera Miles higher billed chorus girl, Betty Compton.

The film does make New York at the end of the "Roaring Twenties" almost a co-equal character in the piece, and appearances of several real life characters from the era (Jimmy Durante, Jack Benny and others) add to the impression beautifully - as does the deft narration from Fowler's book appropriately read by Walter Winchell.

It isn't great history or even great Hollywood, but it is a very warm, enjoyable film well worth a look - and a great example of how "bad" casting (Hope's lack of *physical* resemblance to Walker) can be brilliant if it gets the *psychology* right. When they tried to musicalize the idea a decade later, the production was probably dead the moment they cast the skinny impressionist/actor Frank Gorshin (who actually did bear a passing resemblance to Walker) in the Hope role. All the qualities Gene Fowler infused in his book (to MAKE the reader and later, viewer of the movie, feel "warm and forgiving all day long") disappeared. The movie understood this - and you will.

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