The Great McGinty (Down Went McGinty)
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The Great McGinty (Down Went McGinty)
In this sharp, cynical satire, unscrupulous drifter Dan McGinty accepts work from a crooked party boss and begins a meteoric rise through the ranks of Chicago politics. Preston Sturges' classic directorial debut follows McGinty's ascension to mayor of Chicago, where his career is threatened by a sudden attack of integrity.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sturges displays plenty of ability in accentuating both the comedy and dramatic elements of his material, withal maintaining a consistent pace in the unreeling."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The trademark Sturges dialogue is in rare form here, each character armed with a quiver full of tart jabs and put-downs."
‑ Chris Barsanti,
"As a political comedy, it's far-fetched but certainly engaging."
‑ , Film4
"A classic, cynical comedy about politics and corruption; still pertinent today."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"A wonderfully dry satire."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"The perfect fusion of Sturges's wit and frenzy."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"It's the kind of ironical film Capra wouldn't or couldn't make."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Sturges' directorial debut is a little rough around the edges, but still good."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Minor Sturges."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"You won't make a mistake, believe us, if you stuff the ballot-box for The Great McGinty."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The evolution from hoodlum to governor: 'You got to crawl before you can creep, right?'"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Deliciously biting political satire."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"Donlevy isn't Sturges' most appealing lead, but he'll do, and Tamiroff really works it as his patron, the Boss."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"not "Lady Eve"-caliber Preston Sturges, but well worth viewing"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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