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The Last Hurrah

  • Drama
  • 1958
  • John Ford
  • 120 mins
  • U
    More info: UK: Suitable for all

Summary

John Ford's political drama, starring Spencer Tracy as a headstrong New England mayor who launches one final re-election campaign. However, he finds the nature of politics is changing and that he has a powerful enemy in a wealthy and influential local banker (Basil Rathbone). Also starring Jeffrey Hunter and Pat O'Brien.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Spencer Tracy stars as Frank Skeffington, an old-time political operator standing for mayor one last time and observed with wide-eyed approval by his nephew, Jeffrey Hunter. This is a great part for Tracy and he runs and runs with it, turning on the Irish-American blarney when it suits him, showing expediency and iron-hard calculation when he thinks no one is looking. As so often with John Ford's films, there's also a flabby sentimentality even when he's dealing with the cut-throat electoral process, but the film's optimism strangely anticipated the defeat of Nixon and the triumph of Kennedy in 1961.

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Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd
Language
English
Formats
Black and white

Credits

Cast

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Frank SkeffingtonSpencer Tracy
Adam CaulfieldJeffrey Hunter
Maeve CaulfieldDianne Foster
John GormanPat O'Brien
Norman Cass SrBasil Rathbone
The CardinalDonald Crisp
Cuke GillenJames Gleason
Ditto BolandEdward Brophy

Crew

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DirectorJohn Ford
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