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The Last Hurrah (1958)

 -  Drama  -  November 1958 (USA)
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Frank Skeffington is an old Irish-American political boss, running for re-election as Mayor of of a US town for the last time.

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Adam Caulfield
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Maeve Caulfield
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John Gorman
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Norman Cass, Sr.
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Cardinal Martin Burke
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'Ditto' Boland
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Amos Force
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Roger Sugrue
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Bishop Gardner
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Sam Weinberg
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Charles J. Hennessey
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Festus Garvey
Carleton Young ...
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An aging politician tries to get re-elected one last time in the changing world of the 1950s when TV started to play a bigger part in politics. Based loosely on the career of multi-term Boston Mayor James Michael Curley, this film examines the good and evil inherent in politics and all the things that go into an election. Tracy's uphill battle to stay in office is set against the political machinery that preyed on ethnic hatred and old-time money. Written by Ed Lorusso

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Das letzte Hurra  »

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There are numerous references to other cities around the world, among them Dublin (Ireland) and Tel Aviv (Israel). There are also references to Boston-area colleges, although they are discreet, since officially this film is only about "a New England city." In one early scene, one of Skeffington's yes men is describing the son of one of Skeffinhton's prospective opponents, and says that he went to college, "No, not that college across the river [referring to Harvard, which is across the Charles River from Boston, in the city of Cambridge], the regular college" (referring to either Boston College, a Roman Catholic Jesuit school located in Chestnut Hill, or Boston University, a private school located in Boston proper). Later, while speaking with his nephew, Skeffington mentions " . . . beanbag contests between Harvard and" but his nephew cuts him off by saying that he was from Northwestern, a school in Chicago. See more »

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When Frank Jr. bursts into the bedroom to see his dying Father, the doorknob comes apart and the interior knob falls off. As the Doctor immediately follows him into the room the doorknob back intact. See more »

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Roger Sugrue: [standing by Skeffington's bed] Well, at least he made his peace with God. There's one thing we all can be sure of - if he had it to do over again, there's no doubt in the world he would do it very, very differently.
Mayor Frank Skeffington: [opening his eyes] Like hell I would.
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Partially true story made exceptional by wonderful character actrs including Spencer Tracy
29 December 1998 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was 10 years out of a college in the Boston area when this movie came out, and we remembered Mayor Curley of Boston, a brilliant orator, a charming Irish rogue whom everyone - or almost everyone - found fascinating, even when he was in prison. This story, reduced to specific wonderful vignettes of Mayor "Skeffington's" last election and defeat is admirably played by a group of great character actors of the time. Many faces are hauntingly familiar. Tracy, already old, is superb. I consider this one of his greatest and most convincing roles. Slightly dated now, in black and white without the technical tricks we accept in our time, the plain story is sufficient to hold our attention, make us laugh and make us cry. Watching it now, we feel nostalgia for a simpler time, but realize that some things taking place in politics haven't changed that much. Cheers for Spencer Tracy. Cast your vote for "Skeffington" even though the name is not Irish, and "Irish"is the story.


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