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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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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 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

His Honor the Mayor of New York
Music by Joseph J. Lilley
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
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At least something on his life was made
25 November 1999 | by Scott-52See all my reviews

The life of Jimmy Walker would make a great film. It could be a tragedy in the Greek tradition - a man of many gifts with a single fatal flaw. A pretty good, though short-lived, musical Jimmy, was on Broadway in 1969 for about 85 performances. It had a good score, excellent casting and quite a story..... it missed it's audience though - theater goers in the late sixties were played out on musicals of the past, and didn't want to hear about politicians not attending to duty.

The film does well to capture the spirit of the 1920s via the 1950s, and stays true to Gene Fowler's memorable biography. Hope is an inspired choice for the tin pan alley songwriter turned politician.

Alexis Smith does a good job. And its always a pleasure to see Jimmy Durante, that well-dressed man.

Though pretty one-dimensional, it is good this film was made if only to chronicle the story of a man who really could have done great things, if he'd only paid attention to business and not got caught up in extra-marital problems and suspect financial transactions made by friends on his behalf.


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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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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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