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The Great McGinty

The Great McGinty initiates Preston Sturges into the directing ranks, after a long stretch as a film scenarist. Piloting an original story and screenplay of his own concoction, Sturges displays plenty of ability in accentuating both the comedy and dramatic elements of his material, withal maintaining a consistent pace in the unreeling.

With:
Brian Donlevy Muriel Angelus Akim Tamiroff Allyn Joslyn William Demarest Steffi Duna

The Great McGinty initiates Preston Sturges into the directing ranks, after a long stretch as a film scenarist. Piloting an original story and screenplay of his own concoction, Sturges displays plenty of ability in accentuating both the comedy and dramatic elements of his material, withal maintaining a consistent pace in the unreeling.

Sturges’ story departs radically from accepted formula. His main character is a tough, rowdy and muscular individual who creates more interest than sympathy in his career as a prototype of many political rascals of the American scene.

Story is unfolded by flashback. Brian Donlevy is introduced as the toughened bartender of a dive in a Central American banana republic. He’s a fugitive from justice, the same as the young bank clerk who absconded with funds in a weak moment. Across the bar Donlevy tells the latter his story – a life of crookedness where the first honest thing he attempted chased him from the country. When he first finds that illegal voting brings coin, he becomes a repeater, gets into favor of political boss (Akim Tamiroff) and gradually rises to positions of alderman, mayor and finally governor of the state.

Portrayal of Donlevy as the slightly-educated political apprentice who learns the ropes fast, and wields his fists at every opportunity, is excellent. Tamiroff clicks as the political boss, while Muriel Angelus provides a charming and warmful personality in the role of the politico’s wife. Bill Demarest provides attention as a political stooge.

1940: Best Original Screenplay

The Great McGinty

Production: Paramount. Director Preston Sturges; Producer Paul Jones; Screenplay Preston Sturges; Camera William C. Mellor; Editor Hugh Bennett; Music Frederick Hollander; Art Director Hans Dreier, Earl Hedrick

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1940. Running time: 81 MIN.

With: Brian Donlevy Muriel Angelus Akim Tamiroff Allyn Joslyn William Demarest Steffi Duna

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