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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 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Biography | Drama

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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, 31 December 1957
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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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Trivia

Final film of Walter Catlett. 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

Happy Days Are Here Again
(uncredited)
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
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Hope Shines in Fine Tribute to Mayor Walker ***1/2
21 January 2006 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Bob Hope turned in a great performance as N.Y. Mayor James Walker in this 1957 film.

While the film did not delve into the exact intricacies of the corruption of the Walker Administration, we do have Judge Seabury heading the investigation prompted by Gov. Roosevelt, who wanted that nomination in 1932 and would use Walker's alleged corruption to get it.

Remember the song- the little tin box? That best describes what was going on when Walker, a really decent not-too bright guy, let corrupt officials run the show at City Hall.

Adored by the people at first,(Will You Remember Me in December is sung with zest), he can't accept the booing he encounters at a baseball game, once the corruption details start coming out.

Adding fuel to the fire is Walker's abandonment of his wife for actress Betty Compton, played by Vera Miles. Walker eventually resigned and went with Compton to Mexico.


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