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Beau James (1957) DVD

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Beau James (1957)


 Melville Shavelson


 Gene Fowler (book), Jack Rose


 Bob Hope, Vera Miles, Paul Douglas 
New York City is known for choosing colorful characters for its mayors. One its most illustrious was the wisecracking, dancing and singing Mayor James J. Walker (as played by Bob Hope in a rare, serious role) who helmed the Big Apple in the 1920s. This biopic chronicles his surprising rise to power and is adapted from a book by Gene Fowler. Walker owed his mayoral post to Tammany, a powerful political organization that used its tremendous clout to get him installed. Walker, who never takes his job seriously, then becomes a figurehead for Tammany, and while he is in power, corruption in the police force and other city offices runs rampant. Meanwhile Walker wrangles with his lover, dancer Betty Compton, and his jealous wife, from whom he is separated.

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  1. Entertaining Story 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Jul 13th 2018

    Bob Hope was excellent in a non-comedy role. The story was entertaining and reflected the flamboyant times in NY prior to the depression and the corruption and political lack of integrity that was so prevalent. Zeus did a good job in the quality of this old film.

  2. Drama or comedy, Bob Hope was your man. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Jan 19th 2017

    Bob Hope gives an outstanding portrayal of the flamboyant Mayor of the City of New York City In the 20's era.

    A frequenter of Broadway theater and nightclubs.
    His administration was marred by corruption.
    But the man was still lovable to all.
    SAw the movie years ago and we liked it so much, we just had to have it.

  3. Great true story 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Jan 8th 2017

    Beau James is a pretty close portrayal of the playboy Mayor of New York in the roarding 20s...Jimmy Walker. Bob Hope gives the movie class and light touches of humor. A must see for any fan of history in general and the roaring 20s and early 30s in particular.

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