|Writers||Frank S. Nugent (screen play) (as Frank Nugent)
Edwin O'Connor (based upon the novel by)
|Cast||Spencer Tracy Jeffrey Hunter Dianne Foster Pat O'Brien Basil Rathbone Donald Crisp James Gleason Edward Brophy John Carradine Willis Bouchey Basil Ruysdael Ricardo Cortez Wallace Ford Frank McHugh Carleton Young Frank Albertson Bob Sweeney William Leslie Anna Lee Ken Curtis|
|Plot||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.... see The Last Hurrah on IMDb|
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|John Ford's The Last Hurrah explores the quinessential Irish-American rogue: the big-city politician. Widely believed to be base on the life of Boston Mayor James Curley, The Last Hurrah stars Spencer Tracy as Mayor Frank Skeffington, the last of a dying breed of grassroots politicians. Facing a re-election challenge from a new kind of politician -- the TV candidate -- Skeffington pulls out all the stops in an old-fashioned rip-roaring campaign which enrages the WASP establishment. Supported by a superb cast of character actors, including Pat O'Brien, John Carradine, Basil Rathbone and James Gleason (heralded at the time as the largest collection of scene-stealers ever assembled), Tracy gives a spellbinding performance in this frank and funny, and ultimately wrenching, portrait of a great man's final days.|
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