Beau James (1957)

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



  • Vera Miles in Beau James (1957)
  • Jack Benny, Bob Hope, and Jimmy Durante in Beau James (1957)
  • Bob Hope and Vera Miles in Beau James (1957)
  • Beau James (1957)
  • Beau James (1957)
  • Beau James (1957)

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25 November 1999 | Scott-52
At least something on his life was made
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


English, Latvian, Italian, Hebrew

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Filming Locations

Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

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