The Last Hurrah 1958

The Last Hurrah

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Based on the novel by Edwin O'Connor, this political drama focuses on Frank Skeffington (Spencer Tracy), an aging mayor who is embarking on his final campaign for reelection. Aided by his nephew, Adam Caulfield (Jeffrey Hunter), and savvy strategist John Gorman (Pat O'Brien), Skeffington faces considerable challenges as the political landscape that he knows slowly crumbles away, but, undaunted, he remains determined to stay in the game a bit longer.

Cast & Crew

Spencer Tracy
Mayor Frank Skeffington
Jeffrey Hunter
Adam Caulfield, Journalist and Skeffington's Nephew
James Gleason
'Cuke' Gillen, Skeffington Crony
Dianne Foster
Mave Caulfield
Pat O'Brien
John Gorman, Skeffington Crony
Basil Rathbone
Norman Cass, Sr., Banker
Donald Crisp
His Eminence Cardinal Martin Burke
Edward Brophy
'Ditto' Boland, Skeffington Crony
John Carradine
Amos Force, Newspaper Publisher, Managing Editor
Willis Bouchey
Roger 'Sir Roger' Sugrue
John Ford
Director
Frank S. Nugent
Writer (Screenplay)
Edwin O'Connor
Writer (Novel)
John Ford
Producer
Mischa Bakaleinikoff
Non-Original Music
George Duning
Non-Original Music
Cyril J. Mockridge
Non-Original Music
Arthur Morton
Non-Original Music
Paul Sawtell
Non-Original Music
Charles Lawton Jr.
Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for The Last Hurrah

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Audience Reviews for The Last Hurrah

  • Apr 07, 2019
    John Ford (ever a slightly drunk barroom poet at around closing time - and proud of it) poetically ruminates about a) changing times, b) and being passed by, all while being particularly aware of both and not wanting either, in this excellent piece about an aging mayor's (Spencer Tracy) last campaign. Although viewed as an anachronistic scoundrel and crook by most, Ford takes deliberate care that we are shown his doppelganger's true good intentions and motives. As with most Ford efforts the supporting cast is both capable and familiar. The work of an accomplished artist here, sure in his abilities and skill.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2009
    A good political film about a mayor running for his 5th and last election. This is not a great political film, but Tracy gives a good performance. It could have been better if they would have focused more on the political change that TV was inflicting on modern politics. The film does address it but doesn't really show how much it had changed. It's a good film and well directed by John Ford, but I wish Tracy's character was a little more shrewed and less a great man. I would of liked to see more faults that a man receives after a life in politics. Worth a watch, but it needed to be less wholesome.
    cody f Super Reviewer
  • Nov 22, 2008
    Very fine film with a typically great Tracy performance, cunning and wily. Jeffrey Hunter scores strongly as the nephew. Well directed.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jun 08, 2008
    spencer tracy in a political satire as a mayor trying to get in for another term of some state. put together by the most famous over-rated director john ford. the only vechile is tracy who is a blatently interesting performer. i felt this was missing wit though and maybe a sharp female prescence. who knows? maybe i've just seen too many films with him and kathy hepburn in
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