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Frank S. Nugent (screen play)
Edwin O'Connor (based upon the novel by)
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Release Date:
November 1958 (USA) See more »
Ford's Finest! See more »
Frank Skeffington is an old Irish-American political boss, running for re-election as mayor of a U.S. town for the last time. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins See more »
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Somehow, Ford has managed to make a film that is BOTH cynical and sentimental See more (37 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Spencer Tracy ... Mayor Frank Skeffington

Jeffrey Hunter ... Adam Caulfield

Dianne Foster ... Maeve Caulfield

Pat O'Brien ... John Gorman

Basil Rathbone ... Norman Cass, Sr.

Donald Crisp ... Cardinal Martin Burke

James Gleason ... 'Cuke' Gillen

Edward Brophy ... 'Ditto' Boland

John Carradine ... Amos Force

Willis Bouchey ... Roger Sugrue

Basil Ruysdael ... Bishop Gardner

Ricardo Cortez ... Sam Weinberg

Wallace Ford ... Charles J. Hennessey

Frank McHugh ... Festus Garvey

Carleton Young ... Winslow

Frank Albertson ... Jack Mangan
Bob Sweeney ... Johnny Degnan

William Leslie ... Dan Herlihy

Anna Lee ... Gert Minihan

Ken Curtis ... Monsignor Killian

Jane Darwell ... Delia Boylan

O.Z. Whitehead ... Norman Cass Jr.
Arthur Walsh ... Frank Skeffington Jr.
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Phil Adams ... (uncredited)
Alex Akimoff ... (uncredited)

Fred Aldrich ... Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)

Richard Alexander ... Mourner Given Cigar at Wake (uncredited)

Leon Alton ... Banquet Guest (uncredited)

Don Anderson ... Cop at Wake (uncredited)
Walter Bacon ... Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)

Frank Baker ... Banker - Plymouth Club Member (uncredited)
Bobette Bentley ... 1st Blonde (uncredited)
Steve Benton ... (uncredited)

Gail Bonney ... Woman (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Pete (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Banquet Guest (uncredited)

Chet Brandenburg ... Mourner at Wake (uncredited)

Rand Brooks ... Votes Tallyman (uncredited)
George Bruggeman ... Mourner at Burial (uncredited)
John Bryant ... Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)
James J. Casino ... Political Rally Marcher (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Crowd Member (uncredited)
Dick Cherney ... Reporter (uncredited)

Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Political Rally Marcher (uncredited)
Charles Cirillo ... (uncredited)
Richard Dale Clark ... (uncredited)

Ruth Clifford ... Nurse (uncredited)

Edmund Cobb ... Man (uncredited)
Bud Cokes ... Cop at Wake (uncredited)
Russell Custer ... Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Managing Editor (uncredited)

Richard Deacon ... Graves (uncredited)

John Deauville ... (uncredited)
Jack Deery ... Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)

George DeNormand ... Banker (uncredited)

Joe Devlin ... Man (uncredited)

James Dime ... Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)
Mike Donovan ... Mourner at Wake (uncredited)
Clint Dorrington ... (uncredited)
Mimi Doyle ... Mamie Burns (uncredited)
Tommy Earwood ... Gregory McClusky (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston ... (uncredited)

Duke Fishman ... Campaign Worker (uncredited)
Charles B. Fitzsimons ... Kevin McCluskey (uncredited)

James Flavin ... Police Capt. Michael J. Shanahan (uncredited)
George Ford ... (uncredited)

William Forrest ... Dr. Tom (uncredited)
Joseph Forte ... Managing Editor (uncredited)
Raoul Freeman ... Banker - Plymouth Club Member (uncredited)
Kenneth Gibson ... Banquet Guest (uncredited)

James Gonzalez ... Reporter (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Plymouth Club Member on Stairs (uncredited)
Jack Henderson ... Minor Role (uncredited)

William Henry ... Votes Tallyman (uncredited)

Chuck Hicks ... Fighter (uncredited)

Stuart Holmes ... (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)
Chuck Howard ... (uncredited)

William Hudson ... Votes Tallyman (uncredited)

Charles Anthony Hughes ... Man (uncredited)
Thomas E. Jackson ... (uncredited)
William Janssen ... (uncredited)

Michael Jeffers ... Campaign Worker (uncredited)

Roy Jenson ... Fighter (uncredited)
Rolan Jones ... (uncredited)

Richard Keene ... (uncredited)
Fred Kennedy ... (uncredited)

Colin Kenny ... Man - Plymouth Club Member (uncredited)
June Kirby ... 2nd Blonde (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Mourner at Wake (uncredited)
Joseph La Cava ... Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)
Webster Lagrange ... (uncredited)

Harry Lauter ... Votes Tallyman (uncredited)
Johnny Leone ... (uncredited)
Robert Levin ... Jules Kowalsky (uncredited)

Edmund Lowe ... Johnny Byrne (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Banquet Guest (uncredited)

Hank Mann ... (uncredited)
Eve March ... Neighbor (uncredited)

Frank Marlowe ... (uncredited)

Mae Marsh ... Mourner at Wake (uncredited)

Philo McCullough ... Politician (uncredited)

Joe McGuinn ... 2nd Man (uncredited)

Frank McLure ... Mourner at Wake (uncredited)
Edward McNally ... Ward Heeler (uncredited)

Paul McVey ... Banker (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... Banquet Guest (uncredited)
Ernesto Molinari ... Banquet Guest (uncredited)

Charles Morton ... Reporter (uncredited)

Sol Murgi ... Political Rally Marcher (uncredited)
Jimmy Murphy ... Office Boy (uncredited)

Forbes Murray ... Banker - Plymouth Club Member (uncredited)
George Nardelli ... Banquet Guest (uncredited)

Tom Neal ... Tom (uncredited)
Bill Neff ... Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... (uncredited)
Brian O'Hara ... Man (uncredited)
Joe Palma ... Cop at Campaign HQ (uncredited)
Emma Palmese ... Woman at Enterance (uncredited)

Harvey Parry ... (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Police Sgt. Rafferty (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Mourner at Burial (uncredited)

Fred Rapport ... Man on Dais (uncredited)

Clete Roberts ... Reporter (uncredited)
Molly Roden ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Victor Romito ... Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)

John Roy ... Mourner at Wake (uncredited)
Buck Russell ... (uncredited)
Dick Ryan ... Man (uncredited)

Cosmo Sardo ... Mourner at Wake (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Man (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)
Jordan Shelley ... (uncredited)

Charles Sherlock ... Rally Marcher (uncredited)

Carl Sklover ... Political Rally Marcher (uncredited)

Stephen Soldi ... Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)
George Spaulding ... Man (uncredited)

Ted Stanhope ... 1st Man (uncredited)
Anna Stein ... (uncredited)

Bert Stevens ... Political Rally Marcher / Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)

Harry Strang ... Harry (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Ward Heeler (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Charlie (uncredited)

Frank Sully ... Fire Lieutenant (uncredited)

Julius Tannen ... Mr. Kowalsky (uncredited)

Harry Tenbrook ... Caterer at Wake (uncredited)

Jack Tornek ... Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)

Charles Trowbridge ... Plymouth Club Member at Front Door (uncredited)
Phil Tully ... Man (uncredited)

Harry Tyler ... Robert (uncredited)
Ruth Warren ... Ellen Davin (uncredited)
James Waters ... Young Politician (uncredited)

Helen Westcott ... Mrs. McCluskey (uncredited)
Chalky Williams ... Mourner at Wake (uncredited)

Directed by
John Ford 
Writing credits
Frank S. Nugent (screen play) (as Frank Nugent)

Edwin O'Connor (based upon the novel by)

Produced by
John Ford .... producer
Cinematography by
Charles Lawton Jr. (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jack Murray 
Production Design by
Robert Peterson (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Robert Peterson 
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns) (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Nelson .... assistant director
Wingate Smith .... assistant director
Art Department
Charles Granucci .... master prop (uncredited)
Sound Department
John P. Livadary .... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)
Harry D. Mills .... sound (as Harry Mills)
George DeNormand .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard H. Kline .... camera operator (uncredited)
Emil Oster .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Duning .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Bernard Mayers .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Cyril J. Mockridge .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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121 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Australia:G | Finland:S | Netherlands:14 (original rating) | Portugal:M/12 | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #19086) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Orson Welles 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 »
Miscellaneous: Episcopal Bishop Gardner is seen wearing a black shirt with his clerical collar. The traditional color for a bishop is purple.See more »
Mayor Frank Skeffington:One more regret at my age won't make much difference.See more »
Movie Connections:
The Heat Is OnSee more »


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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Somehow, Ford has managed to make a film that is BOTH cynical and sentimental, 29 November 2006
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

John Ford's version of the book, THE LAST HURRAH, is a behind the scenes look at one last election campaign for an aging mayor (Skeffington) of a town whose name is never mentioned in the film. In many ways, the film is a bit cynical as it showed the way that politicians wheel and deal and manipulate--but in this case, always for a good cause. While Skeffington is definitely not above using these questionable tactics, at the same time, he is shown as fundamentally decent and very, very sentimental--with a true love for his constituents. This is a very difficult balancing act for the film--combining gritty realism with sentimentality, but it manages to do so.

In many ways, this is highly reminiscent of the real life Ford, as he was by many accounts a highly manipulative son of a,.....well, you know what I was going to say. Yet, at the same time, sentimentality abounds in his films like no other film maker. You can see it here in his liberal use of old and almost forgotten supporting stars--such as Eddie Brophy, Frank McHugh and Jane Darwell.

Overall, the film is very interesting and manipulative (in a good way), as you find yourself pulling for Skeffington and feeling his pain as well--even though he is a fictional character AND a politician! The film is well worth seeing and the film is extremely well-acted and directed.

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