The Great McGinty(Movie, 1940)

1h 22min | Genre: Comedy
The Great McGintyRating: 3.8/5 (with 17 votes)
The Great McGinty is a 1940 political satire comedy film written and directed by Preston Sturges, starring Brian Donlevy and Akim Tamiroff and featuring William Demarest and (in her final screen appearance) Muriel Angelus. It was Sturges's first film as a director; he sold the story to Paramount Pictures for just $10 on condition he direct the film. Sturges went on to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. In the U.K., the film was retitled Down Went McGinty, alluding to the 1889 song. ()
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Awards & Nominations for The Great McGinty

Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay

About The Great McGinty

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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The Great McGinty ≣ 1940 ≣ Trailer(Trailer, 1:38)

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Additional Information

Production country: United States of America (USA)
Original language: English (EN)
Spoken languages: English (EN), Russian (RU)
Translated into 8 languages: German (DE), English (EN), Spanish (ES), French (FR), Italian (IT), Korean (KO), Russian (RU), Chinese (Mandarin) (ZH)
Status: Released
Release date US: 08/23/1940 (World premiere: 08/01/1940)
Color: Black & White (B/W)

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WatchPlayStream ID: MOVIES:193849, Added: 04/24/2018, Last updated: 07/30/2020