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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.


Sam Taylor, Harold Lloyd (uncredited)


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




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)


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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It's Harold Lloyd coming out of the depths of remotest China to find a wife! Harold Lloyd thrust into the topsy-turvy whirl of a city sizzling with excitement! Harold Lloyd wooing and confusing Una Merkel with quips from Confucius! (Print Ad- Painesville Telegraph, ((Painesville, Ohio)) 6 October 1934) See more »




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Grace Bradley and George Barbier were borrowed from Paramount, and Una Merkel was borrowed from MGM for this film. See more »


Jake Mayo: Well, what brought you to Stockport?
Ezekiel Cobb: I was born here.
Jake Mayo: Eh-huh. A hometown boy, heh? Any friends here?
Ezekiel Cobb: Well, eh, no. But, I have a letter to Tien Wang, a Chinese gentleman. I'm sure he'll welcome me as a guest.
Jake Mayo: Say, that ain't right. White man coming back here, no place to go but a Chink.
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The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played at the Good Government League meeting at the City Club
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One of Lloyd's best sound films!

As a Harold Lloyd fan, i agree with the other reviewer's comments, EXCEPT that I feel that "Movie Crazy" was his best sound film; "Cat's Paw" is a close second. (But, this is just MY opinion).

This film is a "hoot" from beginning to end and, in many scenes, George Barbier (the crook that gets him elected mayor) almost steals the show! (Especially at the end of the film).

One wishes that Una Merkel's character would be a bit more sympathetic to Harold, especially as the film progresses. Only in the last few minutes of the film do we find out her true feelings for him. (And, even then, there is no "romance" - kissing, etc).

This is a Must-See film!

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English | Cantonese | German

Release Date:

7 August 1934 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$617,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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