Washington Merry-Go-Round (film)
|Directed by||James Cruze|
|Produced by||Walter Wanger|
|Screenplay by||Jo Swerling|
|Story by||Maxwell Anderson|
|Based on||the book Washington Merry-Go-Round by Robert Sharon Allen and Drew Pearson|
|Cinematography||Ira H. Morgan (as Ira Morgan)|
|Edited by||Richard Cahoon|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
Button Gwinnett Brown (Lee Tracy) is a new congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives. He refuses bribes, vowing to rid Washington of corruption; but crosses swords with powerful senator Edward Norton (Alan Dinehart), who wants to enlist Brown to help Prohibition bootleggers. Norton also happens to be chasing elder senator Wylie's (Walter Connolly) granddaughter Alice (Constance Cummings), who Brown has also fallen for. In order to silence the idealistic newcomer, politicians stage a phony re-count and Brown loses his government seat. However, with the help of Senator Wylie and Alice, Brown manages to win back his place and clean up the halls of justice.
- Lee Tracy as Button Gwinnett Brown
- Constance Cummings as Alice Wylie
- Walter Connolly as Senator Wylie
- Alan Dinehart as Edward T. Norton
- Arthur Vintonas as Beef Brannigan
- Arthur Hoyt as Willis
- Berton Churchill as Speaker of the House
- Frank Sheridan as John Kelleher
- Clay Clement as Conti
- Clarence Muse as Clarence
- Wallis Clark as Carl Tilden (uncredited)
- Pietro Sosso as Norton's Butler (uncredited)
The New York Times wrote, ""Washington Merry-Go-Round" is a sturdy piece of work with melodramatic interludes. At times it is somewhat reckless in its dealings, but, allowing for its explosive utterances and its eagerness to win popular favor as an entertainment, it arouses a certain amount of interest. There are excellent performances by the cast, headed by the vehement Lee Tracy, and Mr. Cruze's direction is for the most part genuinely able"; while more recently Allmovie called it "a ridiculously contrived political tale that even in its time must have been viewed as overly simplistic"; whereas Leonard Maltin wrote that the film "remains surprisingly relevant today, with engaging performances and strong feel for the political arena, but peters out after great first half."
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- "Movie Review : Lee Tracy in a Maxwell Anderson Story of Graft and Patronage in Washington". Nytimes.com. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
- "Washington Merry-Go-Round (1932) – James Cruze – Review". AllMovie. Retrieved August 26, 2017.