A Fool's Advice (1932)

60 or 62-63 mins | Comedy-drama | 20 February 1932

Director:

Ralph Ceder

Producer:

Frank Fay

Cinematographer:

William Rees

Editor:

W. Donn Hayes

Production Company:

Frank Fay
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HISTORY

This film, an independent Frank Fay production, was picked up for distribution by Warner Bros. in 1932, then re-released on a State Rights basis on 15 Sep 1938, under the title Meet the Mayor . According to information in the New York State censor files, the film was also known as His Honor the Mayor . Reviews in 1938 failed to note that the film was previously released in 1932, although the Var reviewer noted that the picture "is like meeting Frank Fay all over ... More Less

This film, an independent Frank Fay production, was picked up for distribution by Warner Bros. in 1932, then re-released on a State Rights basis on 15 Sep 1938, under the title Meet the Mayor . According to information in the New York State censor files, the film was also known as His Honor the Mayor . Reviews in 1938 failed to note that the film was previously released in 1932, although the Var reviewer noted that the picture "is like meeting Frank Fay all over again." More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
17 Oct 38
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jan 32
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
20 Feb 32
pp. 33-34.
The Exhibitor
15 Jul 38
p. 162.
Variety
12 Oct 38
p. 15.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Meet the Mayor
His Honor the Mayor
Release Date:
20 February 1932
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60 or 62-63
Length(in feet):
5,655
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Spencer Brown, an elevator operator in a small town hotel, is secretly in love with Norma Baker, a cigar counter clerk, who is also Mayor Martin Sloan's niece. Spencer and his partner, Harry Bayliss, perfect a dictagraph just as the town's mayoral election is progressing. Sloan's opponent, George Diamond, is forced out of the race by the heretofore timid Spencer, who uses the new device to record Diamond's voice while he is talking about doing something illegal. Never aware of Spencer's feelings, Norma falls in love with George, and Spencer accepts his romantic defeat in ... +


Spencer Brown, an elevator operator in a small town hotel, is secretly in love with Norma Baker, a cigar counter clerk, who is also Mayor Martin Sloan's niece. Spencer and his partner, Harry Bayliss, perfect a dictagraph just as the town's mayoral election is progressing. Sloan's opponent, George Diamond, is forced out of the race by the heretofore timid Spencer, who uses the new device to record Diamond's voice while he is talking about doing something illegal. Never aware of Spencer's feelings, Norma falls in love with George, and Spencer accepts his romantic defeat in silence. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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