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The Cat's-Paw (1934)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 7 August 1934 (USA)
A naive missionary brought up in China returns to America to seek a wife. Corrupt politicians enlist him to run for mayor as a dummy candidate with no chance of winning.

Directors:

Sam Taylor, Harold Lloyd (uncredited)

Writers:

Clarence Budington Kelland (story), Sam Taylor (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harold Lloyd ... Ezekiel Cobb
Una Merkel ... Pet Pratt
George Barbier ... Jake Mayo
Nat Pendleton ... Strozzi
Grace Bradley ... Dolores Doce
Alan Dinehart ... Mayor Ed Morgan
Grant Mitchell ... Silk Hat McGee
E. Alyn Warren ... Tien Wang (as Fred Warren)
Warren Hymer ... 'Spike' Slattery
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Shigley (as J. Farrell Macdonald)
James Donlan James Donlan ... Red - the Reporter
Edwin Maxwell ... District Attorney Neal
Frank Sheridan ... Dan Moriarity - Police Commissioner
Fuzzy Knight ... Stuttering Gangster
Vince Barnett ... Wilks - a Gangster (as Vincent Barnett)
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Storyline

Naive Ezekial Cobb, brought up by his missionary father in China returns to America to seek a wife. Corrupt politicians enlist him to run for mayor as a dummy candidate with no chance of winning. Their plan backfires as he wins and embarks upon a reform crusade. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Taglines:

Everything new but these [eyeglasses]

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese | German

Release Date:

7 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cat's Paw See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$617,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$693,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The novel upon which this film is based was serialized in the Saturday Evening Post from 26 August to 30 September 1933. Harold Lloyd paid $25,000 ($488,000 in 2018) for the rights to the story. See more »

Quotes

Ezekiel Cobb: Why is it that all American girls are so lacking in individuality?
Pat Pratt: What?
Ezekiel Cobb: Well, they all look alike. Big-eyed. And pastied-faced. And, well, one exactly like the other.
Pat Pratt: Eh, how interesting.
Ezekiel Cobb: Yes, and furthermore, they seem to lack that sense of inferiority that a woman should have in the presence of a man.
Pat Pratt: Oh, they do?
Ezekiel Cobb: Yes, I'm disappointed. I doubt whether I shall be able to find an American girl that will make me a suitable wife.
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Soundtracks

I'm Just That Way
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Roy Turk
Performed by Grace Bradley
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Missionary returns to find a wife and gets elected mayor of a corrupt town
20 April 2009 | by blando13See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this old black and white talkie. At first I didn't recognize Harold Lloyd as Mr. Cobb, a missionary to China coming home to find a wife. There were many twists and turns in Mr. Cobb's attempts to clean up city hall. His methods of making the punishment fit the crime would likely be illegal, but this is not a movie based on reality. This would be a perfect movie for children except that there is female near nudity (pasties only on Grace Bradley)! The old telephones are enchanting. The only fault is a problem typical of the day - Caucasians are used to represent Chinese men. This is offset by the positive way the Chinese are portrayed. They are the wise, good and friendly guys. Trivia - a Bekins truck appears in the movie when the police run out of Black Marias.


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