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The Night Mayor (1932); Washington Merry-Go-Round (1932)

The Night Mayor (1932)
January 4, 2014 - 7:30 pm

The Night Mayor (1932)

“A political satire that packs a knockout punch, about the playboy mayor of a big city who thinks the world is his oyster. Lee Tracey again proves that he has what it takes.” –Motion Picture

Directed by Ben Stoloff

A flashy big city mayor (Lee Tracy) with a predilection for parties risks a scandal when he falls in love with a nightclub dancer (Evalyn Knapp) and a jealous rival threatens to expose their affair. Based on the controversial figure of New York City mayor Jimmy Walker, The Night Mayor’s Bobby Kingston must choose between love and politics in this brash pre-Code drama.

Columbia Pictures Corp. Screenwriter: Gertrude Purcell. Cinematographer: Teddy Tetzlaff. Editor: Maurice Wright. Cast: Lee Tracy, Evalyn Knapp, Donald Dillaway, Eugene Pallette, Vince Barnett.

35mm, b/w, 65 min.

Washington Merry-Go-Round (1932)

Directed by James Cruze

A letter from a dead man tips off idealistic newly-elected congressman Button Gwinnett Brown (Lee Tracy) to corruption in Washington, but when he’s outmaneuvered in Congress, Brown enlists the help of an influential senator’s streetwise granddaughter (Constance Cummings) and veterans from the Bonus Army to bring down a crooked senator’s political machine.

Columbia Pictures Corp. Screenwriter: Jo Swerling, based on the book by Robert Sharon Allen and Drew Pearson. Cinematographer: Ira Morgan, Teddy Tetzlaff. Editor: Richard Cahoon. Cast: Lee Tracy, Constance Cummings, Walter Connolly, Alan Dinehart, Arthur Vinton.

35mm, b/w, 79 min.