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
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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 Skeffington'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
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.