One of several exposés of crooked political practices in the U.S., The Governor's Boss had the air of authenticity by virtue of its leading player: former New York governor William Sulzer. In plain and explicit fashion, the film recounts how the ostensibly incorruptible Zulzer was driven out of office by a sinister conspiracy of high-pressure crooks. The title character, played by Edward P. Sullivan, resorts to hiring a "painted woman" to compromise the governor and humiliate him publicly. Independently produced, The Governor's Boss was a cheap, tawdry effort, which played more like a pamphlet than a movie.
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