The Last Hurrah (1958)- John Ford directs Spencer Tracy and Edward Brophy

On TCM 10/26/16- After losing the election in master director’s John Ford’s The Last Hurrah (1958) – Spencer Tracy sadly walks in one direction while his rival’s victory parade marches in the opposite direction. It is another great moment in the history of cinema where John Ford uses his camera and screen direction to express strong emotion about the passing of an era and the change in political leadership. John Ford brilliantly cast Edward Brophy (the actor with the cartoon dopey voice who usually plays dim witted cops, gangsters or sidekicks) as the slow but loyal political crony to Spencer Tracy.  And there is the Irish wake here to beat Irish wakes.

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