• Unrated, 1 hr. 22 min.
  • Classics, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Preston Sturges
    In Theaters:
    Aug 15, 1940 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 21, 2006
  • MCA Universal Home Video

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The Great McGinty (Down Went McGinty) Reviews

Variety Staff
Variety
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Sturges displays plenty of ability in accentuating both the comedy and dramatic elements of his material, withal maintaining a consistent pace in the unreeling.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 13, 2007
Tom Milne
Time Out
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A wonderfully dry satire.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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You won't make a mistake, believe us, if you stuff the ballot-box for The Great McGinty.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 20, 2003
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Preston Sturges's first film as writer-director (1940) and one of his most cynical comedies -- a cut below his best work, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't see it.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 1, 2000
Don Druker
Chicago Reader
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The perfect fusion of Sturges's wit and frenzy.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 1, 2000
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