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A Fool's Advice (1932)

Passed | | Comedy | 20 February 1932 (USA)
An elevator operator invents a machine that he believes can help to defeat a corrupt politician in the city's upcoming mayoral election.


Ralph Ceder


Charles Belden (as Chas. Belden), Walter DeLeon | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Frank Fay ... Spencer Brown
Nat Pendleton ... Kelly - Naughty Boy
Edward J. Nugent ... Steve (as Eddie Nugent)
Ruth Hall ... Norma Baker
Berton Churchill ... Mayor Martin Sloan
George Meeker ... Harry Bayliss
Hale Hamilton ... George Diamond
Esther Howard ... Mrs. Prescott
Franklin Pangborn ... Egbert - Hotel Clerk
Nick Copeland Nick Copeland ... Copeland
Mike Donlin ... Mr. Wimple
Eddie Borden ... Catlett
Al Hill ... Kelly's Henchman
Sydney Jarvis Sydney Jarvis ... Obediah
Buster Phelps ... Buster the Kid


An elevator operator invents a machine that he believes can help to defeat a corrupt politician in the city's upcoming mayoral election.

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Release Date:

20 February 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

His Honor the Mayor See more »

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Production Co:

Frank Fay Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Up and Down with Frank Fay
6 July 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Likable elevator operator Frank Fay (as Spencer Brown) falls for pretty co-worker Ruth Hall (as Norma Baker), but doesn't know she's falling in love with his young inventor pal, George Meeker (as Harry Bayliss). To help win Ms. Hall's heart, Mr. Fay uses his popularity with hotel residents to back the re-election campaign of Hall's uncle, Benton Churchill (as Martin Sloan). If the incumbent mayor loses, dastardly George Diamond (as George Diamond) plans to tear down Fay's hotel for a railroad...

Re-titled "Meet the Mayor" for late 1930s reissue and later TV showing, "A Fool's Advise" finds once famous Fay's star dimmed. The popular vaudeville entertainer was reportedly the male model for "A Star Is Born" (1937) - if so, he wasn't the first or last man to look the part. In real life, Fay was destined to become "Mr. Barbara Stanwyck" - but, herein, he is still a surprisingly affable, effective leading man. In hindsight, the first signs of a downslide are here, but his assets are also prominently displayed.

**** A Fool's Advice (2/20/32) Ralph Ceder ~ Frank Fay, Ruth Hall, George Meeker, Benton Churchill

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