Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Last Hurrah (1958)

The Last Hurrah (1958) Poster

**** out of 5

This isn't John Ford at his best, as the film strikes an uneasy balance between satire and serious political drama, but even a lesser John Ford film is superior entertainment, with plenty of the humor and heart that is present in all his work. Plus, in addition to Spencer Tracy's lovable performance as an old local politician fighting one last campaign and Jeffrey Hunter as his newsman nephew, it's always fun to see the many regular supporting players that show up in Ford's films, faces like John Carradine, Pat O'Brien, Jack Pennick, Frank McHugh, Edward Brophy, Jane Darwell, Donald Crisp, James Gleason, Ricardo Cortez, et al.

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