The Great McGinty (Down Went McGinty)
The Great McGinty (Down Went McGinty) (1940)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 21, 2006
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Variety Staff

Sturges displays plenty of ability in accentuating both the comedy and dramatic elements of his material, withal maintaining a consistent pace in the unreeling.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Chris Barsanti

The trademark Sturges dialogue is in rare form here, each character armed with a quiver full of tart jabs and put-downs.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

A wonderfully dry satire.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

The perfect fusion of Sturges's wit and frenzy.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's the kind of ironical film Capra wouldn't or couldn't make.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

You won't make a mistake, believe us, if you stuff the ballot-box for The Great McGinty.

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Fernando F. Croce

The evolution from hoodlum to governor: 'You got to crawl before you can creep, right?'

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Deliciously biting political satire.

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Stephen M
<I>The Great McGinty</I> was Preston Sturges' directorial debut; he famously sold the script - which went on to win him an Oscar - to Paramount… More
Michael Gildea
An historic movie as it's probably the first one done by a writer/director, Preston Sturges. The Great McGinty stars off with enough of the trademarked… More