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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Author Edwin O'Connor reportedly based the character of "Kevin McCluskey," the candidate running against Skeffington, on John F. Kennedy. Kennedy had first won elective office running to succeed James Michael Curley in Congress after Curley returned to the mayoralty of Boston. 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.
Referenced in Cheers: Norm's First Hurrah
Top of the Cork Road
Arranged by Arthur Morton
and George Duning See more