Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Director Maurice Tourneur's second American film was this five-reel adaptation of George Broadhurst's play The Man of the Hour. Robert Warwick, who appeared in several early Tourneur productions, stars as a mysterious stranger who arrives unannounced in New York -- and within two months is elected mayor! Though seemingly possessing few (if any) legislative skills, Warwick manages to rule firmly but honestly, throwing the "rascals" out with a combination of pugnacity and common sense. The film's sets were particularly noteworthy, especially a faithful re-creation of New York's Aldermanic Chamber. Very typical of the three-act romantic comedies then in vogue, Man of the Hour was a success for both star and director.