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The Great McGinty (15-Aug-1940)

Director: Preston Sturges

Writer: Preston Sturges

Musical Score: Frederick Hollander

Producer: Paul Jones

Keywords: Comedy

Dan McGinty rises in a corrupt political machine from hobo to dirty trickster to become Alderman and then Mayor, and possibly now, Governor. He married his secretary Catherine, originally in a marriage of convenience, but genuinely falls in love with her and her two children. However, Catherine wants his dirty brand of politics reformed but when one is part of a machine, such can be hazardous. Told in flashback. Won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
William Demarest
27-Feb-1892 28-Dec-1983 The Great McGinty
Brian Donlevy
9-Feb-1901 5-Apr-1972 The Great McGinty
Steffi Duna
8-Feb-1910 22-Apr-1992 Hungarian-American character actress
Thurston Hall
10-May-1882 20-Feb-1958 Mr. Schuyler on Topper
Louis Jean Heydt
17-Apr-1905 29-Jan-1960 American character actor
Allyn Joslyn
21-Jul-1901 21-Jan-1981 Only Angels Have Wings
Akim Tamiroff
29-Oct-1899 17-Sep-1972 For Whom the Bell Tolls


Brian Donlevy   ...   Dan McGinty
Muriel Angelus   ...   Catherine McGinty
Akim Tamiroff   ...   The Boss
William Demarest   ...   The Politician
Allyn Joslyn   ...   George
Steffi Duna   ...   The Girl
Mary Thomas   ...   Catherine's Girl (Age 6)
Louis Jean Heydt   ...   Thompson
Harry Rosenthal   ...   Louie, the Bbodyguard
Arthur Hoyt   ...   Mayor Tillinghast
Libby Taylor   ...   Bessy, the Colored Maid
Thurston Hall   ...   Mr. Maxwell
Esther Howard   ...   Mme. La Jolla
Frank C. Moran   ...   The Boss' Chauffeur
Jimmy Conlin   ...   The Lookout
Dewey Robinson   ...   Benny Felgman
Donnie Kerr   ...   Catheriine's Boy (Age 4)
Drew Roddy   ...   Catherine's Boy (Age 9)
Sheila Sheldon   ...   Catherine's Girl (Age 11)


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