The Last Hurrah

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  • Genre(s): Drama Comedy
  • Release year: 1958
  • Running time: 121 min
In THE LAST HURRAH, John Ford explores the quintessential Irish-American rogue: the big city politician. Widely believed to be based on the life of Boston mayor James Curley, THE LAST HURRAH stars Spencer Tracy (whom Ford discovered) as Mayor Frank... read more
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In THE LAST HURRAH, John Ford explores the quintessential Irish-American rogue: the big city politician. Widely believed to be based on the life of Boston mayor James Curley, THE LAST HURRAH stars Spencer Tracy (whom Ford discovered) 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.

Original Release

11/01/1958

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Cast

Spencer Tracy Mayor Frank Skeffington
Pat O'Brien John Gorman
Basil Rathbone Norman Cass, Sr.
Jeffrey Hunter Adam Caulfield
Tracie Spencer
Dianne Foster Maeve Caulfield
Donald Crisp Cardinal Martin Burke
James Gleason 'Cuke' Gillen
Edward Brophy 'Ditto' Boland
John Carradine Amos Force
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Directors

John Ford

Writers

Frank S. Nugent, Edwin O'Connor

Cast

Spencer Tracy Mayor Frank Skeffington
Pat O'Brien John Gorman
Basil Rathbone Norman Cass, Sr.
Jeffrey Hunter Adam Caulfield
Tracie Spencer
Dianne Foster Maeve Caulfield
Donald Crisp Cardinal Martin Burke
James Gleason 'Cuke' Gillen
Edward Brophy 'Ditto' Boland
John Carradine Amos Force
Willis Bouchey Roger Sugrue
Basil Ruysdael Bishop Gardner
Ricardo Cortez Sam Weinberg
Wallace Ford Charles J. Hennessey
Frank McHugh Festus Garvey
Carleton Young Winslow
Frank Albertson Jack Mangan
Bob Sweeney Johnny Degnan
William Leslie Dan Herlihy
Anna Lee Gert Minihan

Producers

John Ford Producer

Editors

Jack Murray

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