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The Mayor of 44th Street (1942)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Romance | 15 October 1942 (USA)
Joe Jonathan tries to keep his business on the level after some shady dealings but will his cronies let him?

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Robert Hardy Andrews (story) (as Robert D. Andrews), Lewis R. Foster (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Murphy ... Joe Jonathan
Anne Shirley ... Jessey Lee
William Gargan ... Tommy Fallon
Richard Barthelmess ... Ed Kirby
Joan Merrill ... Vicky Lane
Freddy Martin Freddy Martin ... Freddy Martin
Rex Downing ... Bits McKarg
Millard Mitchell ... Herman
Mary Wickes ... Mamie
Eddie Hart Eddie Hart ... Gromm
Roberta Smith Roberta Smith ... Red
Marten Lamont Marten Lamont ... Shoemaker, Lawyer to Ed Kirby
Walter Reed ... Lou Luddy
Esther Muir ... Hilda, Telephone Operator
Lee Bonnell Lee Bonnell ... Jerry, Head Waiter
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Joe Jonathan tries to keep his business on the level after some shady dealings but will his cronies let him?

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MEET THE GUT WHO DISHED IT OUT...because he got tired of taking it (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rua 44 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

A Million Miles From Manhattan
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Mort Greene
Music by Harry Revel
Performed by George Murphy
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minor murphy musical
23 September 2005 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

This is part musical and part gangster film.Unfortunately neither really meshes with the other.Just when we are enjoying a musical interlude the rather routine gangster film comes crashing back in.It seems to me that they really could not make up their minds what sort of film they wanted this to be.The cast is quite interesting.Ann Shirley and Richard Barthelmess both make their swan songs.Also featured are the marvelous Mary Wickes and Millard Mitchell.In fact the exchanges between those two are the best part of the film.There is one rather strange scene when George Murphy asks the young gang leader to come and live with him instead of Ann Shirley.In the next scene Murphy and the boy are seen all hot and sweaty in his gym!I wonder if they were trying to tell us something?


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