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Beau James (1957)

Biopic of the political career of Jimmy Walker, flamboyant and somewhat corrupt Mayor of New York City from 1926-1932.

Director:

Melville Shavelson

Writers:

Gene Fowler (book), Jack Rose | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bob Hope ... Mayor James J. 'Jimmy' Walker
Vera Miles ... Betty Compton
Paul Douglas ... Chris Nolan
Alexis Smith ... Allie Walker
Darren McGavin ... Charley Hand
Joe Mantell ... Bernie Williams - Broadway producer
Horace McMahon ... Prosecutor
Richard Shannon ... Dick Jackson
Willis Bouchey ... Arthur Julian
Sid Melton ... Sid Nash
George Jessel ... George Jessel
Walter Catlett ... Gov. Alfred E. 'Al' Smith
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Storyline

The story of Jimmy Walker who became mayor of New York in the '20s. Used by professional politicians and money-grabbers, Walker himself was "stupid but clean", although his open affair with Betty Compton cost him dear. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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He took New York for its wildest joyride! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Trivia

This was Bob Hope's last film for Paramount Pictures. See more »

Goofs

Mayor Walker is in a parade near movie's end. In the background is a 1955 or 1956 Cadillac. See more »

Quotes

Mayor James J. 'Jimmy' Walker: Goodbye... but remember this: the voters always get what they deserve. I wasn't the only chump in this city. It took a lot of you to elect me.
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Connections

Follows Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Someone to Watch Over Me
(uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
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A Valentine to New York City with surprisingly strong dramatic performance by Hope
3 September 2001 | by the_old_romanSee all my reviews

I was a teenager when James J. Walker was the Mayor of New York. Bob Hope doesn't look anything like him but catches the essence of his exuberant spirits and lack of responsibility very well. The narration by Walter Winchell adds just the right touch.

Paul Douglas is perfect as the Tammany boss. Hope is especially terrific in the dramatic conflict and emotional scenes with both Alexis Smith and Vera Miles. It makes me wish Hope did more straight-up dramas. It is especially a shame in retrospect, because after Beau James, Hope really never had the opportunity to make a good movie again (unless you count Critic's Choice which I don't).

If you enjoy nostalgic sad-and-funny movies about New York, this is one for you.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latvian | Italian | Hebrew

Release Date:

7 June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El alcalde de Broadway See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,750,000
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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