THE LAST HURRAH speaks to politics, ethnic tensions and TV-driven campaigns today

By October 7, 2019Uncategorized

The role of Frank Skeffington, based on Boston mayor, Massachusetts governor James Michael Curley, was originally offered to Orson Welles and James Cagney before Spencer Tracey, whose film screen debut was in John Ford’s UP THE RIVER (1930) and who by this time had won Oscars for CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS (1937) and BOYS TOWN (1938), signed on. The next film Tracey would be nominated for an award for was GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER (1967). Curley’s effect on Boston and especially Boston’s dissipating Irish-American neighborhoods should not be forgotten. THE LAST HURRAH (1958) and Tracey’s Skeffington does speak to politics, ethnic tensions and TV-driven campaigns today. Kinonik is co-sponsoring the screening of the film with the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization. Unlike our other screenings this film will be shown as a digital projection. 10/7 at 7 PM at St. Lawrence Arts.