A Fool's Advice
Cast & Crew
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.
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 September 15, 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 Variety reviewer noted that the picture "is like meeting Frank Fay all over again."