6.4/10
184
9 user 2 critic

Politics (1931)

Middle-aged widow Hattie Burns becomes fed up when local small-town politicians ignore corruption and decides to run for mayor herself.

Director:

Charles Reisner (as Charles F. Riesner)

Writers:

Zelda Sears (story), Malcolm Stuart Boylan (story) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Reducing (1931)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A beauty parlor manager has her sister help her with interesting results.

Director: Charles Reisner
Stars: Marie Dressler, Polly Moran, Anita Page
Min and Bill (1930)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Min, the owner of a dockside hotel, is forced to make difficult decisions about the future of Nancy, the young woman she took in as an infant.

Director: George W. Hill
Stars: Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, Dorothy Jordan
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A scheming mother wishes to make a succesful match between her daughter and a prince, yet another man, a commoner, may stand in the way.

Director: Paul L. Stein
Stars: Lillian Gish, Rod La Rocque, Conrad Nagel
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Against her friends wishes, Lisbeth moves to Mexico to live with her lover.

Director: George Fitzmaurice
Stars: Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Neil Hamilton
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An American ambassador arrives in a small country that is being convulsed by political intrigue and civil unrest. He befriends the young boy who is to be the country's king, to ensure that ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Taylor
Stars: Will Rogers, Marguerite Churchill, Greta Nissen
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A con man from the city dupes a wealthy country girl into marriage.

Directors: Mack Sennett, Charles Bennett
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand
Hell Divers (1931)
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Story of rivalry between 2 Navy aircrewmen on and off duty.

Director: George W. Hill
Stars: Clark Gable, Wallace Beery, Conrad Nagel
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Cabaret performer Ivy Stevens in an affair with a low-rent traveling salesman is dumped in a 'Dear Jane' letter and finds solace in joining the Salvation Army.

Director: Harry Beaumont
Stars: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Neil Hamilton
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

While plotting together to win back their lovers, the rich Madeleine and the penniless Pierre fall for each other.

Director: Malcolm St. Clair
Stars: Constance Talmadge, Don Alvarado, Bryant Washburn
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The wealthy Jiggs is tired of being left out of the swanky parties thrown by his social-climbing wife Maggie and their daughter. He decides to teach them a "lesson" by faking his own ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: Marie Dressler, Polly Moran, J. Farrell MacDonald
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A zany musical about an amateur musician in search of work who impersonates a big band leader.

Director: Marshall Neilan
Stars: Rudy Vallee, Sally Blane, Marie Dressler
The Patsy (1928)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

An awkward teenager hopelessly in love with her elder sister's boyfriend tries to make him notice her.

Director: King Vidor
Stars: Marion Davies, Orville Caldwell, Marie Dressler
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marie Dressler ... Hattie Burns
Polly Moran ... Ivy Higgins
Roscoe Ates ... Peter Higgins (as Rosco Ates)
Karen Morley ... Myrtle Burns
William Bakewell ... Benny Emerson
John Miljan ... Jim Curango
Joan Marsh ... Daisy Evans
Tom McGuire ... Mayor Tom Collins
Kane Richmond ... Nifty Morgan
Mary Alden ... Mrs. Mary Evans
Edit

Storyline

Middle-aged, small-town widow Hattie Burns is angered when a friend's daughter is inadvertently killed by s stray bullet in a gangland shootout at a local speakeasy. When Hattie confronts the mayor, a political hack running for re-election, at a campaign event about closing the illegal operations down, he brushes her off as only a woman. Other women at the rally draft her as a rival candidate with best-friend Ivy as campaign manager and female voters go on a "Lysistrata"-like parlor, bedroom, and bath strike in order to insure Hattie's election. Unfortunately, Hattie does not know that her daughter Myrtle's boyfriend, a reformed but wounded hoodlum, is hiding out in her attic. Written by duke1029@aol.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

WB Shop / Warner Archive

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Election orageuse See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Title card: For the first time in history women had men worried.
See more »

Crazy Credits

This story is dedicated to women - who have been fighting for their rights ever since Adam and Eve started the loose-leaf system. See more »

Connections

References The Stolen Jools (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played at the wedding
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Cute but familiar
7 August 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Polly Moran loves her new-found prestige as a political organizer. Though she's definitely got a low-level position, she has great visions of grandeur. However, the man she's supporting as mayor isn't doing a particularly good job, as he turns a blind eye to bootleggers and the crime associated with them. It all comes to a head when there is a shooting in one of these dives and someone familiar to Moran and her friend Marie Dressler is killed. So at the next political rally when the mayor asks for questions, Dressler confronts him about the bootleggers. He makes many excuses but the bottom line is that he won't do anything--at which point Marie makes an impassioned speech and is roundly applauded. Giddy with success, Polly urges Marie to run against the incumbent mayor--at which point the sexist men gang up on poor Marie. However, instead of giving up, the ladies dig in their heels for a battle of the sexes.

When I watched this Marie Dressler-Polly Moran film, I couldn't help but recognize the familiar plot. That's because in the television age this same plot was recycled many times--the most notable being on "The Andy Griffith Show" when Ellie ran for office and the men of Mayberry were against her simply because she was a female. You certainly can't blame the makers of this film, as the idea was fresh in 1931! The film isn't especially deep and won't change your life but it excels on a very simple level--it's fun light entertainment. Dressler and Moran made eight movies together and the surviving films from the series are all very pleasant and fun thanks to good writing and especially to Dressler's wonderful screen presence and charm. The only serious negative about the film is Roscoe Ates--a guy whose claim to fame in films was his stuttering schtick. Not only wasn't this "politically correct", but also wore out its welcome long before this film.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed