The Great McGinty (Special Edition)

Directed by Preston Sturges

Release Year: 1940
Running Time: 82
Color Type: B&W
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Genres: Comedy, Romance
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Cast
Brian Donlevy
Muriel Angelus
Akim Tamiroff
Allyn Joslyn
William Demarest
Louis Jean Heydt
Thurston Hall
Frank Moran

Crew
Directed by Preston Sturges

From Preston Sturges, the legendary writer/director of Christmas in July, The Lady Eve, The Palm Beach Story and Unfaithfully Yours comes this classic comedy about an opportunist who turns corruption into a promising political career, but struggles to stay on top when he tries to go honest. Dan McGinty (Brian Donlevy, The Quatermass Xperiment) is a hungry hobo who wows the ballot-stuffers by voting 37 times in an election for Mayor. He immediately becomes the protégé of “The Boss” (Akim Tamiroff, After the Fox), who guides and schemes McGinty to Alderman, Mayor and ultimately Governor with a series of payoffs, kickbacks and bribes. In trouble, McGinty flees the country and winds up (or down) as a bartender in a seedy Central American dive where the tale has a gleeful surprise ending. The Great McGinty, a high-spirited comedy of rogues and rascals, won the 1941 Oscar for Best Original Screenplay (Sturges).