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The Last Hurrah (1958) was a Drama - Black-and-white Film directed by John Ford and produced by John Ford.


Edwin O'Connor's colorful novel of the Boston political scene comes to life in this adaptation by Ford. Tracy revels in his role as an old-time Irish-American pol, the longtime mayor of Boston, who runs afoul of the gentry (in the form of newspaper publisher Carradine and banker Rathbone) and his idealistic nephew (Hunter), a reporter for Carradine's paper who rejects his uncle's rough-and-tumble backroom politicking but respects and admires his devotion to the city's working people. The story culminates in Tracy's last, losing campaign for the office.

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CMBA Blogathon: The Last Hurrah (1958)

By 4 Star Film Fan on May 20, 2024 From 4 Star Films

This is my entry in the Spring CMBA Blogathon Debuts and Last Hurrahs. In the isolated occasions when I had to debate in high school history classes those who did this kind of thing for fun and seemed most destined for politics , were all people I would never want to vote for regardless of affiliati... Read full article

The Last Hurrah (1958) with Spencer Tracy

By Greg Orypeck on Aug 13, 2015 From Classic Film Freak

Share This! ?One more regret at my age won?t make much difference.??? Mayor Frank Skeffington (Spencer Tracy) The 1958 The Last Hurrah was kind of a last hurrah of its own, among the last gatherings of the John Ford clan?the director?s lovable Irishmen and a host of his favorite supporting players, ... Read full article

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Mayor Frank Skeffington: One more regret at my age won't make much difference.

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Orson Welles was John Ford's original choice to play Frank Skeffington but Welles either lost or refused the part after intensely anti-Communist Ford friend Ward Bond publicly questioned Welles's loyalty to the U.S. Ford was furious at Bond. Welles and Ford were fans of each other's work.
Edwin O'Connor's 1956 novel "The Last Hurrah", on which the movie is based, is a fictionalized version of former Boston Mayor James Michael Curley, a celebrated rogue who raised municipal corruption to an art form.
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