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The Great McGinty (1940) was a Comedy - Black-and-white Film directed by Preston Sturges and produced by Paul Jones.

Academy Awards 1940 --- Ceremony Number 13 (source: AMPAS)

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The Great McGinty (1940): Preston Sturges & Politics

By 4 Star Film Fan on Feb 2, 2021 From 4 Star Films

“If it wasn’t for graft, you’d get a very low type of people in politics!” – William Demarest The Great McGinty feels like a film of many notable firsts. The two most prominent ones being Preston Sturges’s first time in the director’s chair, famously agreein... Read full article


The Great McGinty (1940, Preston Sturges)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Aug 13, 2019 From The Stop Button

The Great McGinty has a gentle surprise ending. Not a twist. More a reveal, which then recasts the previous ninety minutes and change in a slightly different light. Because McGinty has a very deliberate bookending?there’s even a title card to explain the setting. An unnamed banana republic, tw... Read full article


The Great McGinty (1940, Preston Sturges)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Aug 13, 2019 From The Stop Button

The Great McGinty has a gentle surprise ending. Not a twist. More a reveal, which then recasts the previous ninety minutes and change in a slightly different light. Because McGinty has a very deliberate bookending?there’s even a title card to explain the setting. An unnamed banana republic, tw... Read full article


The Great McGinty (1940, Preston Sturges)

on Aug 13, 2019 From The Stop Button

The Great McGinty has a gentle surprise ending. Not a twist. More a reveal, which then recasts the previous ninety minutes and change in a slightly different light. Because McGinty has a very deliberate bookending?there’s even a title card to explain the setting. An unnamed banana republic, tw... Read full article


The Great McGinty (1940, Preston Sturges)

on Aug 13, 2019 From The Stop Button

The Great McGinty has a gentle surprise ending. Not a twist. More a reveal, which then recasts the previous ninety minutes and change in a slightly different light. Because McGinty has a very deliberate bookending?there’s even a title card to explain the setting. An unnamed banana republic, tw... Read full article


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Daniel 'Dan' McGinty: [to the Politician about getting paid for multiple voting] Never mind the applesauce! How do I get the bucks?


The Politician: If it wasn't for graft, you'd get a very low type of people in politics, men without ambition, jellyfish!


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Facts about

This is the first movie to show the credit "Written and Directed by...." followed by just one name: Preston Sturges.
On August 19, 1939, Paramount issued a check to contract writer Preston Sturges to buy the story and screenplay of this movie, in the amount of $10. Sturges promised to sell the script for that amount if he could direct. The studio took him up on it and the film was a hit and won an Academy Award for the screenplay, probably making it the cheapest Oscar-winning script in history.
Sturges got the idea for this film from a Chicago area judge who shared stories with him about city elections.
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