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The Great McGinty

Released Aug 15, 1940 1h 22m Comedy List
100% Tomatometer 26 Reviews 79% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
In a dive south of the border, bartender Dan McGinty (Brian Donlevy) stops a young man from committing suicide after a moment of dishonesty, and relates how a moment of honesty brought him down in a flashback. As a young man, McGinty joins a crooked political boss and rises from extortionist to alderman. Urged by the boss to marry his secretary to give respectability to his run for mayor, McGinty agrees -- only to fall in love with his wife and decide to do an honest thing for once in his life. Read More Read Less

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Walter Goodman New York Times ''The Great McGinty'' was the great Preston Sturges's first showing as a director, and a happy occasion it was. Jan 10, 2018 Full Review Variety Staff Variety Sturges displays plenty of ability in accentuating both the comedy and dramatic elements of his material, withal maintaining a consistent pace in the unreeling. Nov 13, 2007 Full Review Tom Milne Time Out A wonderfully dry satire. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Dennis Harvey 48 Hills Sturges' tastes were precisely in synch with the public’s... Jul 31, 2023 Full Review Michael J. Casey Michael J. Cinema Sturges would go on to become one of the best and wittiest auteurs of the studio era, but before you can run, you gotta crawl. Rated: 3/5 Jun 1, 2021 Full Review Yasser Medina Cinefilia I hadn't seen in a while a political satire as simple, edgy and funny as 'The Great McGinty', the first film directed by Preston Sturges. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 7/10 Nov 10, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D Still waiting for the comedy to start. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 11/20/23 Full Review Frances H Another great Preston Sturgess satire like my favorit, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek. This one takes on politics, and is a classic! Don't miss a chance to see it. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/08/20 Full Review david l The Great McGinty is a solid, but flawed Preston Sturges outing that is far from his best efforts. Yes, the political satire is pretty strong, the performances are good and the movie can be playful and fun at times, but it's also rather uninteresting in certain sections, and it's overall solid without ever reaching true greatness. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A true classic in every sense of the word. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review s r A feel good reform comedy. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Preston's debut and a political satire, The Great McGinty explores crooked politics and dark ambitions. Its a bit on the low side with jokes, but this is Preston's first so that's forgiven. The players do a good job, so that's all that matters. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In a dive south of the border, bartender Dan McGinty (Brian Donlevy) stops a young man from committing suicide after a moment of dishonesty, and relates how a moment of honesty brought him down in a flashback. As a young man, McGinty joins a crooked political boss and rises from extortionist to alderman. Urged by the boss to marry his secretary to give respectability to his run for mayor, McGinty agrees -- only to fall in love with his wife and decide to do an honest thing for once in his life.
Director
Preston Sturges
Screenwriter
Preston Sturges
Distributor
Paramount Pictures
Production Co
Paramount Pictures
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Aug 15, 1940, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 11, 2016
Runtime
1h 22m
Sound Mix
Mono
Aspect Ratio
35mm, Flat (1.37:1)