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The Last Hurrah (1958)

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



(screen play) (as Frank Nugent), (based upon the novel by)
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Caulfield
Maeve Caulfield
John Gorman
Norman Cass, Sr.
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'Cuke' Gillen
'Ditto' Boland
Amos Force
Roger Sugrue
Bishop Gardner
Sam Weinberg
Charles J. Hennessey
Festus Garvey


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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All the fun, the fury, and fabulous characters of the famous book! See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

November 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das letzte Hurra  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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John Ford considered John Wayne for the lead. 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.
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Referenced in Cheers: Norm's First Hurrah (1987) See more »

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politics and sentiment
27 March 2005 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – 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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