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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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
Episcopal Bishop Gardner is seen wearing a black shirt with his clerical collar. The traditional color for a bishop is purple. See more
[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.
My Pony Boy
Written by Bobby Heath
and Charley O'Donnell See more