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The Last Hurrah (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | November 1958 (USA)
Frank Skeffington is an old Irish-American political boss, running for re-election as mayor of a U.S. town for the last time.

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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 Ed Lorusso

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Final film of Edward Brophy. See more »

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Episcopal Bishop Gardner is seen wearing a black shirt with his clerical collar. The traditional color for a bishop is purple. See more »

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Mayor Frank Skeffington: One more regret at my age won't make much difference.
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Referenced in The Doris Day Show: The Last Huzzah (1973) See more »

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Matthäuspassion/St. Matthew Passion
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Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
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politics and sentiment
27 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

A homespun and sentimental take on politics, with Spencer Tracy playing Frank Skeffington, an old style Irish Catholic big city mayor caught in a cooked up scandal by his blue blood Prostestant Republican enemies. Crowded scenes add to the pace as the characters whip through the sharp Frank Nugent screenplay like a hot knife going through butter. Directed by John Ford, the film previews the changes that have since taken place in American politics i.e. television imagery and big money, and here we see them presented in a political campaign pitting Skeffington against a younger, telegenic, politically inept opponent financed by the city's conservatives. With John Carradine giving a memorable performance as ultra-conservative newspaper publisher and ex-Klansman Amos Force, and personal favorite Ken Curtis playing a monsignor, the film blends the typical Ford elements: fairness and tolerance against hypocrisy and greed.


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