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.
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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
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.
Referenced in Cheers: Norm's First Hurrah
Castle of Dromore
Arranged by Arthur Morton
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