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7 June 1957 (USA) See more »
The Story of Fabulous Jimmy Walker . . . Mayor of New York See more »
Biopic of the political career of Jimmy Walker, flamboyant and somewhat corrupt Mayor of New York City from 1926-1932. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Hope Shines in Fine Tribute to Mayor Walker ***1/2 See more (13 total) »


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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
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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Additional Details

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

Did You Know?

This was Bob Hope's last film for Paramount Pictures.See more »
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 »
The Sidewalks of New YorkSee more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Hope Shines in Fine Tribute to Mayor Walker ***1/2, 21 January 2006
Author: edwagreen from United States

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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