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
All the fun, the fury, and fabulous characters of the famous book!
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's 1956 novel "The Last Hurrah", on which the movie is based, is a fictionalized version of former Boston (MA) Mayor James Michael Curley
, a celebrated rogue who raised municipal corruption to an art form. Curley tried to stop production, not because he was being negatively depicted but because he believed that the film would prevent Hollywood from making a biographical film of his life the way he wanted it done. Curley died at age 83 in 1958, the year the film was released. He had last served as mayor from 1946-50. Skeffington also says that he was several times mayor of " . . . this great city, and governor of the state", even though the name of the city and state are never spoken. 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.
Remade as The Last Hurrah