The Great McGinty

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In a dive south of the border, bartender Dan McGinty (Brian Donlevy) stops a young man from committing suicide after a moment of dishonesty, and relates how a moment of honesty brought him down in a flashback. As a young man, McGinty joins a crooked political boss and rises from extortionist to alderman. Urged by the boss to marry his secretary to give respectability to his run for mayor, McGinty agrees -- only to fall in love with his wife and decide to do an honest thing for once in his life.

Cast & Crew

Brian Donlevy
Daniel "Dan" McGinty
Muriel Angelus
Catherine McGinty
William Demarest
The Politician
Louis Jean Heydt
Tommy Thompson
Arthur Hoyt
Mayor Wilfred H. Tillinghast
Harry Rosenthal
Louie, the Bodyguard
Steffi Duna
The Dancing Girl
John Leipold
Original Music
William C. Mellor
Cinematographer
Hugh Bennett
Film Editor
Hans Dreier
Art Direction
A. Earl Hedrick
Art Direction
A.E. Freudeman
Set Decoration
Edith Head
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Critic Reviews for The Great McGinty

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  • ''The Great McGinty'' was the great Preston Sturges's first showing as a director, and a happy occasion it was.

    January 10, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Sturges displays plenty of ability in accentuating both the comedy and dramatic elements of his material, withal maintaining a consistent pace in the unreeling.

    November 13, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • A wonderfully dry satire.

    June 24, 2006

    Tom Milne

    Time Out
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  • You won't make a mistake, believe us, if you stuff the ballot-box for The Great McGinty.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Donlevy isn't Sturges' most appealing lead, but he'll do, and Tamiroff really works it as his patron, the Boss.

    March 10, 2003 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Great McGinty

  • Mar 27, 2009
    <I>The Great McGinty</I> 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, <I>McGinty</I>'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.
    Stephen M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 03, 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.
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