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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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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 »

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Biography | Drama

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Trivia

This film and The Seven Little Foys (1955) are the two serious dramas that Bob Hope starred in. 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

Will You Love Me in December as You Do in May?
Music by Ernest Ball
Lyrics by James J. Walker
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This role was made for Bob Hope.
29 May 2002 | by tcherringSee all my reviews

Having watched this movie many times -- it's in my library, I firmly believe that the role could only have been played by Bob Hope. To my mind, this is his best performance. That coupled with an excellent cast, highlighted by the duet with Jimmy Durante (and Jack Benny's cameo) make this a thoroughly enjoyable movie to watch -- just for fun. >


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Country:

USA

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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