The Great McGinty (Down Went McGinty)
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The Great McGinty (Down Went McGinty)
The moral of Preston Sturges' first directorial effort The Great McGinty seems to be: If you're a crook, stay a crook, because honesty will get ya every time. Brian Donlevy plays Dan McGinty, a Chicago hobo who is hired by local political bosses as a "professional voter", casting ballots under a variety of assumed names in various districts. McGinty chalks up $74 worth of votes, and when local ward heeler William Demarest can't pony up, McGinty takes direct action by trying to beat up The Boss (Akim Tamiroff). Though the two men can't get through an entire day without… More
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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