• 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

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Stephen M

Super Reviewer

March 27, 2009
The Great McGinty was Preston Sturges' directorial debut; he famously sold the script - which went on to win him an Oscar - to Paramount for $10, on the condition that he could direct the movie himself. In a seedy bar in a banana republic, Dan McGinty (Brian Donlevy) recalls his meteoric rise (and spectacular fall) from bum to racketeer, to crooked mayor, to honest state governor and back to bum again. By staging his story as a post-catastrophic flashback from skid row, Sturges neatly undermines the sentimentality and predictability of McGinty's romance with Catherine (Muriel Angelus), the secretary he marries out of convenience, but the lack of a Happy Ending makes the picture oddly unsatisfying. This problem is emphasised by the economical running time; clocking in at a little over 80 minutes, McGinty's end credits begin to roll at about the time we would typically anticipate that final twist enabling the leads to live happily ever after.
Michael G

Super Reviewer

December 3, 2007
An historic movie as it's probably the first one done by a writer/director, Preston Sturges. The Great McGinty stars off with enough of the trademarked Sturges dialogue and humor (namely with McGinty's suit) as it tells the tale of a dishonest hobo turned mayor turned governor who eventually ends up down the drain for going honest. It takes itself a little too seriously at times but when it's funny it's really on. It also acts as a sneak preview to what would be coming down the pipeline from Sturges. You can see his style emerging and beginning to take the shape of something great.
February 22, 2013
Not as biting in the dialogue as some of Preston Sturges' other stuff, but it is still very humorous and the satire is spot-on. I didn't really like the framing device used for the narrative, but it did allow for a bit of a joke at the end. Overall, I enjoyed it.
July 1, 2012
"the great mcginty" never takes itself too seriously, which is often a good thing and often a bad thing. but what really makes the film work is brian donlevy's performance as the title character.
January 16, 2011
Brian Donlevy is the MAN. Great double feature with Beau Geste. Laugh, cry, punch a guy...
blahquaker
January 8, 2009
meh. not bad, but not great.
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