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Thumbnail for The Great McGinty (1940) The Great McGinty (1940)

Basic Info Rusty's rating: 77
Sub-Category: comedy filmRuntime: 80 minutesColor: black-and-white filmLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: Preston SturgesScreenwriter: Preston SturgesMusic: Friedrich HollaenderCinematography: William C. MellorStars: Brian Donlevy, Muriel Angelus, Akim Tamiroff, William Demarest, Allyn Joslyn, Arthur Hoyt, Jimmy Conlin, Louis Jean Heydt, Richard Carle, Steffi Duna, Thurston HallAwards won: Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Preston Sturges)Award details: (details at IMDb)
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Told in flashback, Depression-era bum Dan McGinty is recruited by the city's political machine to help with vote fraud. His great aptitude for this brings rapid promotion from "the boss," who finally decides he'd be ideal as a new, nominally "reform" mayor; but this candidacy requires marriage. His in-name-only marriage to honest Catherine proves the beginning of the end for dishonest Dan...


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