The Great McGinty (Blu-ray)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 22 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region A
- Released: January 14, 2020
- Originally Released: 1940
- Label: KL Studio Classics
- Note: Audio commentary by film historian Samm Deighan
- Theatrical trailer
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Brian Donlevy, Muriel Angelus & Akim Tamiroff|
|Performer:||Allyn Joslyn, William Demarest, Louis Jean Heydt, Harry Rosenthal, Arthur Hoyt, Thurston Hall, Steffi Duna, Esther Howard & Dewey Robinson|
|Directed by||Preston Sturges|
|Edited by||Hugh Bennett|
|Screenwriting by||Preston Sturges|
|Composition by||Friedrich Hollaender|
|Art Direction by||Hans Dreier & Earl Hedrick|
|Produced by||Paul Jones|
|Director of Photography:||William C. Mellor|
As a political comedy, it's far-fetched but certainly engaging. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- Deliciously biting political satire.
Rating: 3.5/5 -- The trademark Sturges dialogue is in rare form here, each character armed with a quiver full of tart jabs and put-downs.
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
The evolution from hoodlum to governor: 'You got to crawl before you can creep, right?' Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- You won't make a mistake, believe us, if you stuff the ballot-box for The Great McGinty. Full Review
New York Times
A wonderfully dry satire.
Preston Sturges graduated from writing hit comedies to writing and directing them with his cautionary tale of corruption and honesty, THE GREAT MCGINTY. In a dive bar south of the border, a begrudging bartender, McGinty (Brian Donlevy) tries to assuage an embezzling bank clerk on the lam by relating his own reasons for fleeing to the banana republic. He was mayor of a big city, and from this unsuspected revelation ensues a sweeping look at McGinty's seedy journey from tough-guy bum to mob lackey. A tip-off that there's money in voting for the corrupt incumbent mayor leads McGinty to the belligerent mob Boss who runs the city, and is so taken with McGinty's street wise charms that he takes him under his wing. When the mayor is exposed by the press, the Boss proposes McGinty as the reform party candidate complete with a quickly arranged marriage to his sweet-faced secretary, Catherine. These airtight mob machinations come undone when the good influence of the wise Catherine begins to wear away at McGinty's lifelong bad habits. He vows to work for the people as Sturges' inverted thesis of honesty as the disastrous fatal flaw wreaks comic havoc on this precise and compelling comedy.
- Directorial debut for Preston Sturges.
- "If it wasn't for the graft, you'd get a very low type of people of politics, men without ambition, jellyfish!"--The Politician
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