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The Great Mcginty [DVD]

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  • Actors: Brian Donlevy, Muriel Angelus, Akim Tamiroff, Allyn Joslyn, William Demarest
  • Directors: Preston Sturges
  • Producers: Buddy G. DeSylva
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 5 May 2008
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016586W2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,994 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Classic comedy written and directed by Preston Sturges. Dan McGinty (Brian Donlevy) is a homeless man who impresses a local political boss (Akim Tamiroff) by voting 37 times at a mayoral election using a variety of false names. McGinty is subsequently offered a job as a 'professional voter' and becomes the Boss's political protege. He eventually manages to work his way up to the mayor's office, with his politically expedient bride, Catherine (Muriel Angelus), at his side.

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Simply the best American film about American politics. It's all there: the political boss, ballot stuffing, the ineffectual politician, cronyism, the shakedown; and all dished out in a satire that to this day that has yet to be matched. "You wanna be reform mayor? All right. You're in. You gotta kiss a lot of babies, squeeze a lot of mitts. Wear your old clothes. They don't want no dudes after Tillinghast. And another thing. You gotta get married. Maybe you haven't heard. Women got the vote now. They don't like bachelors."
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With this highly infectious 1940 debut film, featuring his later trademark mix of sharp dialogue, physical comedy and perceptive social satire, writer-director Preston Sturges set in train a run of outstanding film comedies. As well as having an eye for character actors – The Great McGinty gives us a taster of performances from many of what was to become Sturges’ regular acting troupe – the film-maker could also spot (admittedly often dark) comedic potential in unlikely places for his 'star turns’. Here, we get Brian Donlevy and Akim Tamiroff (both perhaps better known for playing 'heavies’) verbally and physically sparring as (respectively) the down-and-out turned protection racketeer turned (corrupt) state governor, Daniel McGinty, and the smooth mobster and 'career advisor’ to McGinty, simply referred to as The Boss. Not only do Donlevy and Tamiroff deliver pitch-perfect performances (the former mellowing, the latter not, in the mix of menace and duplicity), but their perhaps unlikely co-star, Brit Muriel Angelus’ 'arranged’ wife to McGinty and moral centre of the film, Catherine, eventually grows into the role to play seamlessly alongside her male counterparts.

The film’s dark underbelly is exposed in what is a superb set-up (bearing an uncanny resemblance to that from Charles Crichton’s later Ealing masterpiece The Lavender Hill Mob) as (now) 'banana republic barman’ McGinty saves a potential suicide victim before relating his own sorry 'rise and fall’ tale in flashback.
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if you like clever well consructed movies with constant suprises,grab this one ,sturges first movie and the quality shows.donlevy was never better.
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