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A Fool's Advice (1932)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 20 February 1932 (USA)
An elevator operator invents a machine that he believes can help to defeat a corrupt politician in the city's upcoming mayoral election.


Ralph Ceder


Frank Fay (story), Walter DeLeon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Frank Fay ... Spencer Brown
Ruth Hall ... Norma Baker
Nat Pendleton ... Kelly - Naughty Boy
Berton Churchill ... Mayor Martin Sloan
Hale Hamilton ... George Diamond
George Meeker ... Harry Bayliss
Edward J. Nugent ... Steve (as Eddie Nugent)
Franklin Pangborn ... Egbert - Hotel Clerk
Esther Howard ... Mrs. Prescott
Nick Copeland Nick Copeland ... Copeland
Eddie Borden ... Catlett
Mike Donlin ... Mr. Wimple
Al Hill ... Kelly's Henchman
Sydney Jarvis Sydney Jarvis ... Obediah
Buster Phelps ... Buster the Kid


An elevator operator invents a machine that he believes can help to defeat a corrupt politician in the city's upcoming mayoral election.

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Release Date:

20 February 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

His Honor the Mayor See more »

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Production Co:

Frank Fay Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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An Interesting Performance
25 December 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Frank Fay is the helpful elevator operator at a small town hotel. He has good advice for everyone, whether it's mayor Berton Churchill who's facing a tough re-election campaign, or Eddie Nugent who needs help with his newest invention, and with asking Ruth Hall to be his girl. Frank will give them good advice, even when he thinks Ruth will be his girl when he asks her.

It's a slow-paced and very odd comedy that Mr. Fay stars in. You can see a persona completely different from any of the standard screen comics; in fact, the only role this reminds me of is Elwood P. Dowd in HARVEY. Mr. Fay would originate the role on stage.

It's not really a movie, but actually a stage play sized for the screen, written by Walter DeLeon and Charles Belden. This was his character -- on stage anyway, if not in real life.Fay shares screenwriting credit with them, but I suspect he did his own dialogue. This was his character, after all, on stage, if not in real life, and he knew what the character would say: kind, easy-going, smart and persuasive.

Anyway, it's worth seeing for Mr. Fay's performance.

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