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A Fool's Advice (1932)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 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


Frank Fay (story), Walter DeLeon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Frank Fay ... Spencer Brown
Ruth Hall ... Norma Baker
Nat Pendleton ... Kelly - Naughty Boy
Berton Churchill ... Mayor Martin Sloan
Hale Hamilton ... George Diamond
George Meeker ... Harry Bayliss
Edward J. Nugent ... Steve (as Eddie Nugent)
Franklin Pangborn ... Egbert - Hotel Clerk
Esther Howard ... Mrs. Prescott
Nick Copeland Nick Copeland ... Copeland
Eddie Borden ... Catlett
Mike Donlin ... Mr. Wimple
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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22 February 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The major Vaudeville and Broadway star like Frank Fay only has 16 credits on IMDb. So, if you want to see this famous guy in a film, this is one of your only chances to see him in a leading role. However, I wasn't particularly impressed...and much of it may have to do with the story...which was also from Fay.

The story is about a guy running for mayor. When he (Fay) makes speeches, they are unintelligible gibberish but eventually he gets the upper hand by bugging the mayor's office and getting the dirt. There's more to the story than that...but none of it really seemed interesting--especially the attempt at pathos at the end. This didn't work because the audience wasn't connected to Fay's character. He wasn't necessarily that nice a guy and his sad ending just didn't resonate.

Overall, a film that is watchable but nothing more. It was very low energy and curiously uninvolving. I think a score of 4 is fair.

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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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