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The Great McGinty (1940)

Passed | | Comedy | 23 August 1940 (USA)
Dan McGinty has great success in his chosen field of crooked politics. But endangers it all in one crazy moment of honesty...

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Tommy Thompson
Harry Rosenthal ...
Louie - The Boss' Bodyguard
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Mayor Wilfred H. Tillinghast
Libby Taylor ...
Bessy - The Colored Maid
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Mr. Maxwell
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The Dancing Girl
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Madame Juliette La Jolla
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The Boss' Chauffeur (as Frank C. Moran)
Jimmy Conlin ...
The Lookout - At Felgman's
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Benny Felgman
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Told in flashback, Depression-era bum Dan McGinty is recruited by the city's political machine to help with vote fraud. His great aptitude for this brings rapid promotion from "the boss," who finally decides he'd be ideal as a new, nominally "reform" mayor; but this candidacy requires marriage. His in-name-only marriage to honest Catherine proves the beginning of the end for dishonest Dan... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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WHATTA GUY! He loved a fight or a frolic...and he usually found one! (original ad) See more »

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23 August 1940 (USA)  »

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Biograhy of a Bum  »

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$350,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on August 27, 1945 with Brian Donlevy and Akim Tamiroff reprising their film roles. See more »

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When McGinty enters the hall after being elected mayor, a moving shadow of the camera is visible on a pillar in the foreground. See more »

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Dan McGinty: [to the Politician about getting paid for multiple voting] Never mind the applesauce. How do I get the bucks?
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Referenced in The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1943) See more »

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Written by Richard A. Whiting and Leo Robin
Played on piano
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Hilarious political satire

Preston Sturges's first film as writer-director was this hilarious political satire. Though uneven, it's still filled with remarkable insight and some incredibly apt barbs about political corruption and susceptibility. Akim Tamiroff is hysterically funny as "The Chief," especially when he's marvelling at McGinty (Brian Donlevy) because of McGinty's audacity in being so obstinate. "He thinks he's me," is Tamiroff's line. Sturges himself was acclaimed for his audacity in being a writer-director, paving the way for other Hollywood writers (including John Huston and Billy Wilder) to graduate to directing.


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