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.




  • Spencer Tracy in The Last Hurrah (1958)
  • Spencer Tracy and O.Z. Whitehead in The Last Hurrah (1958)
  • Spencer Tracy in The Last Hurrah (1958)
  • Spencer Tracy in The Last Hurrah (1958)
  • Spencer Tracy in The Last Hurrah (1958)
  • Spencer Tracy, John Carradine, Jeffrey Hunter, Basil Rathbone, Jane Darwell, Pat O'Brien, Edward Brophy, Donald Crisp, Wallace Ford, Dianne Foster, James Gleason, and Frank McHugh in The Last Hurrah (1958)

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28 November 2006 | robert-mulqueen
| Delightful film.
I believe that I have watched "The Last Hurrah" six or eight times. It is not history. It is John Ford. Well, ... there's a bit of political, social and cultural history in this film and in the novel by Edwin O'Connor. It is a commentary, from Ford's point of view and with the customary Ford schmaltz, on big city politics in the first half of the 20th Century. Although the film never mentions the locale, it is Boston. The novelist, O'Connor, a New Englander from Rhode Island, admitted that the Frank Skeffington character was based roughly on James Michael Curley, who served as mayor of Boston four different times and as governor or Massachusetts and as a Congressman from Massachusetts. Curley wrote his autobiography in 1957, a year after O'Connor published his novel.

Ford uses many of the stock company actors which he regularly used in the 1950s and '60s. But Spencer Tracy is splendid as Skeffington. When I later read the novel, I thought of Tracy as Skeffington and I constantly heard the harp music theme used in the film in my mind. "Ditto, Ditto, Ditto. How do you thank a man for a million laughs?"

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