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Release Date:
7 June 1957 (USA) See more »
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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:
The 'Night' Mayor of New York 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:
Final film of Walter Catlett.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:
Someone to Watch Over MeSee more »

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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The 'Night' Mayor of New York, 26 February 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I believe it was Walter Winchell who coined that nickname for James J. Walker, Mayor of New York from 1926 to 1932 and the subject of this biographical film starring Bob Hope. It was Hope's last stab at a serious dramatic part. While he does well in it, Hope never tried as serious a role again in his career.

Jimmy Walker was the Majority leader of the State Senate and was the personal choice of Governor Alfred E. Smith to be Mayor of New York. Then as now, Republican mayors of New York City were a rarity, the Democratic nomination was sufficient guarantee to be elected.

Al Smith had dreams of being the Democratic presidential candidate. He almost was in 1924, but could not get past William Gibbs McAdoo that year in the famous 103 ballot convention that eventually turned to compromise dark horse candidate John W. Davis who went down in November to Calvin Coolidge. Smith wanted to secure his home base, but the mayoralty of New York and the patronage of the office was controlled by Smith's arch enemy, publisher William Randolph Hearst and his stooge Mayor John F. Hylan. Smith ran Walker in the 1925 primary and beat Hylan and then Walker handily won the General Election.

Smith knew Walker was a lightweight and he took the unusual step of having a gubernatorial office put in City Hall where he would be at least once a week, keeping tabs on Jimmy. Smith became the Democratic presidential candidate in 1928 and lost to Herbert Hoover. No longer governor, Smith was not around to keep Walker on a short leash. That's when he got into trouble.

Walker was a colorful figure during Prohibition. He and Smith were both unalterably opposed to the idea and Smith even served notice that the law enforcement arm of New York State would not be wasting its time on policing the drinking habits of New Yorkers. Walker got the nickname the Night Mayor of New York because as often as not he'd sleep all day and be partying all night at the famous Central Park Casino.

It was there that Walker met showgirl and began a long term affair with her. His marriage to his wife Allie was long over, but for appearance's sake, for the millions of Catholic voters in New York he kept the facade up.

Times have certainly changed. We now have a former Mayor of New York, named Rudolph Giuliani running for president with three marriages to his credit and a nasty divorce that got spread out in the tabloids.

Nobody ever mentioned Walker and president in the same breath. It was trouble enough to keep him paying attention to his job as mayor. The cronies he had from Tammany Hall ran wild, especially when Smith was no longer governor to keep them and him in line. During the boom times of the Twenties, people laughed at his colorful antics, but come the Depression and the stories of graft became routine newspaper stories, public opinion turned against Walker overnight.

Bob Hope made a fine Jimmy Walker and the two women in his life, Vera Miles as Betty and Alexis Smith as Allie give him good support. In one of his last films, Walter Catlett makes a brief appearance as Alfred E. Smith, and the rest of the cast is headed by Paul Douglas as a Tammany boss and Darren McGavin as Charles Hand, Walker's press secretary and conscience.

Beau James is a colorful account of a colorful era. It certainly as a film version of his life one that Jimmy Walker would have approved of.

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