The Last Hurrah (1958)

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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.


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  • Spencer Tracy, John Carradine, Jeffrey Hunter, Basil Rathbone, Jane Darwell, Pat O'Brien, Ricardo Cortez, Edward Brophy, Donald Crisp, Wallace Ford, Dianne Foster, James Gleason, and Frank McHugh in The Last Hurrah (1958)
  • Spencer Tracy, Jeffrey Hunter, Pat O'Brien, Ricardo Cortez, Edward Brophy, Dianne Foster, and James Gleason in The Last Hurrah (1958)
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27 March 2005 | RanchoTuVu
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| politics and sentiment
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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