Spencer Tracy stars in John Ford's sentimental adaptation of Edwin O'Connor's novel about the final campaign of a big city mayor, loosely based upon the life of Boston politician James Curley. Tracy is Frank Skeffington, the political boss of an Eastern city dominated by Irish-Americans. Skeffington tries to assist the people of the city and avoids cutting political deals with the power elite. But despite his concern for the people, Skeffington has no friends, just flunkies. The Mayor is greatly admired by his idealistic nephew Adam Caulfield (Jeffrey Hunter), who writes for an opposition newspaper run by Amos Force (John Carradine). When Skeffington needs money for a loan, he asks the powerful banker Norman Cass (Basil Rathbone), but Cass steadfastly refuses. In retaliation, Skeffington appoints Cass's retarded son as an interim fire commissioner. To prevent his son from disgracing the family, Cass agrees to the bank loan. But Cass uses his deep pockets to finance the opposition's candidate for mayor. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
Great movie! Spencer Tracy is excellent as Frank Skeffington and is supported by a wonderful cast of actors with an accomplished movie history--such as Basil Rathbone, James Gleason, Pat O'Brien, Frank McHugh and John Carradine. Choose this movie if you like classic Hollywood productions. You won't be disappointed.
This film was a delight to view after all these years..there's nobody and
I mean nobody that can come close to Spencer Tracy as the
accomplished actor he was..suave but honest and meaningful in all
his actions to give one of the best protrayals of his career..it had
everything, comedy, pathos and meaning...one of the great films of
its time...it was great to see all those old faces of the past in the
charactitures that surrounded the honorable "mayor"..5 stars!!