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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.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das letzte Hurra See more »

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Budget:

$2,300,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Early in the film one of Skeffington's advisors says of another candidate ' an Arab would have a better chance of becoming Mayor of Tel Aviv', Skeffington says 'remember the recent Lord Mayor of Dublin'. This is a reference to the 1956 election of Robert Briscoe the first Jewish Lord Mayor of Dublin, he was the son of Lithuanian-Jewish immigrants and after the second World War acted as a special advisor to Menachem Begin in the transformation of Irgun from a paramilitary group into a political movement and later into the Likud party. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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 RanchoTuVuSee 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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