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
Did You Know?
was John Ford
's original choice to play Frank Skeffington but Welles either lost or refused the part after Ward Bond
, a Ford friend and an ultra-conservative Republican, publicly questioned Welles' loyalty to the US, as Welles was well-known as a progressive Democrat. Ford was furious at Bond, since Welles and Ford were fans of each other's work. See more
When Frank Jr. bursts into the bedroom to see his dying Father, the doorknob comes apart and the interior knob falls off. The Doctor immediately follows him into the room, and the doorknob is once again intact. See more
Mayor Frank Skeffington
One more regret at my age won't make much difference.