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Politics (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 25 July 1931 (USA)
Middle-aged widow Hattie Burns becomes fed up when local small-town politicians ignore corruption and decides to run for mayor herself.

Director:

Charles Reisner (as Charles F. Riesner)

Writers:

Zelda Sears (story), Malcolm Stuart Boylan (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marie Dressler ... Hattie Burns
Polly Moran ... Ivy Higgins
Roscoe Ates ... Peter Higgins (as Rosco Ates)
Karen Morley ... Myrtle Burns
William Bakewell ... Benny Emerson
John Miljan ... Jim Curango
Joan Marsh ... Daisy Evans
Tom McGuire ... Mayor Tom Collins
Kane Richmond ... Nifty Morgan
Mary Alden ... Mrs. Mary Evans
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Storyline

Middle-aged, small-town widow Hattie Burns is angered when a friend's daughter is inadvertently killed by s stray bullet in a gangland shootout at a local speakeasy. When Hattie confronts the mayor, a political hack running for re-election, at a campaign event about closing the illegal operations down, he brushes her off as only a woman. Other women at the rally draft her as a rival candidate with best-friend Ivy as campaign manager and female voters go on a "Lysistrata"-like parlor, bedroom, and bath strike in order to insure Hattie's election. Unfortunately, Hattie does not know that her daughter Myrtle's boyfriend, a reformed but wounded hoodlum, is hiding out in her attic. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

WB Shop / Warner Archive

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Election orageuse See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Ivy Higgins: Put that foot down where it belongs!
Peter Higgins: If I did, you wouldn't be able to sit down for months!
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Crazy Credits

This story is dedicated to women - who have been fighting for their rights ever since Adam and Eve started the loose-leaf system. See more »

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References The Stolen Jools (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Written by John Philip Sousa
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Lysistrata Redux
29 April 2005 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This sprightly programmer, starring Marie Dressler, transforms the story to modern politics ca. 1931. Dressler and the women are anxious to close the speakeasies -- this was made during Prohibition. There is a strong cast of women, including Polly Moran, Joan Marsh and Karen Morley. The men are played by supporting comics, including Roscoe Ates, on whose voice Porky Pig was modeled.

Dressler was an interesting character. A big legitimate stage star, she was one of the leaders of the strike that formed Actor's Equity. By the late 1920s, she was washed up, until screenwriter Frances Marion wrote a role for her, and by 1931, she was MGM's biggest star. Her character was a fat, good-intentioned, foul-mouthed harridan, and she could tread the line between comedy and drama as surefootedly as anyone in the industry.

Charles Reisner directs without much visual flair in this movie. He relies mostly on cuts to move the story along, moving the camera only slightly to maintain composition.

POLITICS is pretty well dated, but it remains a fascinating film, if only for the performance of Miss Dressler.


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