History Film / TheGreatMcGinty

7th Sep '16 4:36:15 AM Ezclee4050
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* EvilForeigner: The Boss fits the criteria, but it's made clear that he's just corrupt and his background has nothing to do with it.
6th Sep '16 6:19:05 PM Ezclee4050
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* EvilForeigner: The Boss fits the criteria, but it's made clear that he's just corrupt and his background has nothing to do with it.


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* NonSpecificallyForeign: The Boss is played by one of classic Hollywood's kings of this trope, Akim Tamiroff (born to an Armenian family in Georgia while it was still part of the Russian Empire).
6th Sep '16 6:09:27 PM Ezclee4050
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* VitriolicBestBuds: [=McGinty=] and The Boss seem to have settled into this relationship by the end of the film (out of necessity, since they're both fugitives).
1st Oct '15 3:27:00 PM eroock
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-->''This is the story of two men who met in a banana republic. One of them never did anything dishonest in his life except for one crazy minute. The other never did anything honest in his life except for one crazy minute. They both had to get out of the country.''
-->'''''Opening title card'''''

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-->''This ->''"This is the story of two men who met in a banana republic. One of them never did anything dishonest in his life except for one crazy minute. The other never did anything honest in his life except for one crazy minute. They both had to get out of the country.''
-->'''''Opening
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-->-- Opening
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19th Aug '15 7:26:50 PM lipranzer
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In a bar in an unnamed Latin American country, [[AlliterativeName Tommy Thompson]] (Louis Jean Heydt) is down in the dumps, and is about to commit suicide before Daniel [=McGinty=] (Brian Donlevy), the bartender, stops him. Turns out Thompson was once cashier of a bank (before, it's implied, he stole money), and when [=McGinty=] poo-poohs this, a dancer (Steffi Duna) who's obviously in love with Tommy sarcastically wonders if [=McGinty=] was president of the bank. "Who, me? Nossir...I was governor of a state, baby," he replies.

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In a bar in an unnamed Latin American country, [[AlliterativeName Tommy Thompson]] (Louis Jean Heydt) is down in the dumps, and is [[DrivenToSuicide about to commit suicide suicide]] before Daniel [=McGinty=] (Brian Donlevy), the bartender, stops him. Turns out Thompson was once cashier of a bank (before, it's implied, he stole money), and when [=McGinty=] poo-poohs this, a dancer (Steffi Duna) who's obviously in love with Tommy sarcastically wonders if [=McGinty=] was president of the bank. "Who, me? Nossir...I was governor of a state, baby," he replies.
14th Jul '15 6:20:44 AM lakingsif
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[=McGinty=] gradually works his way up to alderman, and when the current mayor gets indicted for graft, The Boss decides [=McGinty=] might make a fine mayor. There's one catch, though; he has to get married. [=McGinty=] has no intention of doing this ("My parents were married!"), but his secretary, Catherine (Muriel Angelus), thinks they can have a marriage of convenience; he can become mayor, and she now has support for her two children by her previous marriage. At first just amiable companions, they gradually fall in love. But while she's been accepting of the graft [=McGinty=] participates in, she thinks he ought to use his office for the public good, like ending sweatshops and child labor and so forth. He refuses at first, but his conscience starts to nag at him, especially when he's able to make the leap from mayor to governor. This, of course, puts him on a collision course with The Boss.

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[=McGinty=] gradually works his way up to alderman, and when the current mayor gets indicted for graft, The Boss decides [=McGinty=] might make a fine mayor. There's one catch, though; he has to get married. [=McGinty=] has no intention of doing this ("My parents were married!"), but his secretary, Catherine (Muriel Angelus), thinks they can have a marriage {{marriage of convenience; convenience}}; he can become mayor, and she now has support for her two children by her previous marriage. At first just amiable companions, they gradually fall in love. But while she's been accepting of the graft [=McGinty=] participates in, she thinks he ought to use his office for the public good, like ending sweatshops and child labor and so forth. He refuses at first, but his conscience starts to nag at him, especially when he's able to make the leap from mayor to governor. This, of course, puts him on a collision course with The Boss.
20th May '15 5:16:51 PM nombretomado
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With this film, Sturges became the first screenwriter who became a director, thereby paving the way for other writers like Creator/JohnHuston, Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Creator/BillyWilder. He did so by agreeing to sell his screenplay to the studio for $1 on the condition he direct it (he was eventually paid $10 for it). The movie ended up being a big hit, and Sturges won his first and only AcademyAward for it, for Best Original Screenplay.

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With this film, Sturges became the first screenwriter who became a director, thereby paving the way for other writers like Creator/JohnHuston, Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Creator/BillyWilder. He did so by agreeing to sell his screenplay to the studio for $1 on the condition he direct it (he was eventually paid $10 for it). The movie ended up being a big hit, and Sturges won his first and only AcademyAward UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for it, for Best Original Screenplay.
5th Mar '14 5:30:50 PM jamespolk
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* BananaRepublic: The opening title card uses these exact words to describe wherever it is that [=McGinty=] has wound up turning bar.
* BecomingTheMask: [=McGinty=], who was pushed up by The Boss as a fake reformer, actually decides to become a real reformer.
* CorruptPolitician: All of them. Deciding not to be this is what brings about [=McGinty=]'s downfall.



* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: There is idealism if you look for it, but mostly, this definitely tilts on the cynical side.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: There is idealism if you look for it, but mostly, this definitely tilts on the cynical side. Being a corrupt criminal sent [=McGinty=] to the governor's mansion; turning honest destroyed his life.



* UpToEleven: [=McGinty=] votes for the mayor ''37 times''.

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* UpToEleven: VoteEarlyVoteOften: [=McGinty=] votes for the mayor ''37 times''.
21st Feb '14 2:18:22 AM m8e
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With this film, Sturges became the first screenwriter who became a director, thereby paving the way for other writers like JohnHuston, Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Creator/BillyWilder. He did so by agreeing to sell his screenplay to the studio for $1 on the condition he direct it (he was eventually paid $10 for it). The movie ended up being a big hit, and Sturges won his first and only AcademyAward for it, for Best Original Screenplay.

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With this film, Sturges became the first screenwriter who became a director, thereby paving the way for other writers like JohnHuston, Creator/JohnHuston, Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Creator/BillyWilder. He did so by agreeing to sell his screenplay to the studio for $1 on the condition he direct it (he was eventually paid $10 for it). The movie ended up being a big hit, and Sturges won his first and only AcademyAward for it, for Best Original Screenplay.
29th Oct '12 7:49:39 AM lipranzer
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''The GreatMcGinty'' is a ScrewballComedy, and the first film directed by Creator/PrestonSturges.

In a bar in an unnamed Latin American country, [[AlliterativeName Tommy Thompson]] (Louis Jean Heydt) is down in the dumps, and is about to commit suicide before Daniel Mc Ginty (Brian Donlevy), the bartender, stops him. Turns out Thompson was once cashier of a bank (before, it's implied, he stole money), and when Daniel poo-poohs this, a dancer (Steffi Duna) who's obviously in love with Tommy sarcastically wonders if Daniel was president of the bank. "Who, me? Nossir...I was governor of a state, baby," he replies.

In a {{Flashback}}, we see how that came to be; Daniel was initially a bum, until he went to a soup kitchen one night and heard about a scheme to make money. He was directed to Skeeters (William Demarest), a political hack, who told him he could make $2 to vote for the mayor, as long as he asked for "Bill" at the voting place. Daniel asked him if he could make more money for voting more, and Skeeters, thinking Daniel a nut, said yes. So, Daniel voted 37 times, to the amazement of Skeeters. He brings him to The Boss (Akim Tamiroff), who runs the mayor's office and in general runs the political machine in the town. Daniel is thoroughly unimpressed, and even belligerent, but while The Boss doesn't appreciate the belligerence, he thinks Daniel has a certain style, so he hires him to collect "protection" money.

Daniel gradually works his way up to alderman, and when the current mayor gets indicted for graft, The Boss decides Daniel might make a fine mayor. There's one catch, though; he has to get married. Daniel has no intention of doing this ("My parents were married!"), but his secretary, Catherine (Muriel Angelus), thinks they can have a marriage of convenience; he can become mayor, and she now has support for her two children by her previous marriage. At first just amiable companions, they gradually fall in love. But while she's been accepting of the graft Daniel participates in, she thinks he ought to use his office for the public good, like ending sweatshops and child labor and so forth. He refuses at first, but his conscience starts to nag at him, especially when he's able to make the leap from mayor to governor. This, of course, puts him on a collision course with The Boss.

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''The GreatMcGinty'' Great [=McGinty=]'' is a ScrewballComedy, and the first film directed by Creator/PrestonSturges.

In a bar in an unnamed Latin American country, [[AlliterativeName Tommy Thompson]] (Louis Jean Heydt) is down in the dumps, and is about to commit suicide before Daniel Mc Ginty [=McGinty=] (Brian Donlevy), the bartender, stops him. Turns out Thompson was once cashier of a bank (before, it's implied, he stole money), and when Daniel [=McGinty=] poo-poohs this, a dancer (Steffi Duna) who's obviously in love with Tommy sarcastically wonders if Daniel [=McGinty=] was president of the bank. "Who, me? Nossir...I was governor of a state, baby," he replies.

In a {{Flashback}}, we see how that came to be; Daniel [=McGinty=] was initially a bum, until he went to a soup kitchen one night and heard about a scheme to make money. He was directed to Skeeters (William Demarest), a political hack, who told him he could make $2 to vote for the mayor, as long as he asked for "Bill" at the voting place. Daniel [=McGinty=] asked him if he could make more money for voting more, and Skeeters, thinking Daniel [=McGinty=] a nut, said yes. So, Daniel [=McGinty=] voted 37 times, to the amazement of Skeeters. He brings him [=Mcginty=] to The Boss (Akim Tamiroff), who runs the mayor's office and in general runs the political machine in the town. Daniel [=McGinty=] is thoroughly unimpressed, and even belligerent, but while The Boss doesn't appreciate the belligerence, he thinks Daniel [=McGinty=] has a certain style, so he hires him to collect "protection" money.

Daniel [=McGinty=] gradually works his way up to alderman, and when the current mayor gets indicted for graft, The Boss decides Daniel [=McGinty=] might make a fine mayor. There's one catch, though; he has to get married. Daniel [=McGinty=] has no intention of doing this ("My parents were married!"), but his secretary, Catherine (Muriel Angelus), thinks they can have a marriage of convenience; he can become mayor, and she now has support for her two children by her previous marriage. At first just amiable companions, they gradually fall in love. But while she's been accepting of the graft Daniel [=McGinty=] participates in, she thinks he ought to use his office for the public good, like ending sweatshops and child labor and so forth. He refuses at first, but his conscience starts to nag at him, especially when he's able to make the leap from mayor to governor. This, of course, puts him on a collision course with The Boss.



* AffablyEvil: The Boss, though Daniel often tests his affability.
* AntiHero: Daniel ranges from Type III to Type V, and back again.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: While The Boss is explaining his philosophy of life and how he came to make it in America, Daniel keeps getting distracted by the limousine they're riding in, wondering why it's so quiet.

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* AffablyEvil: The Boss, though Daniel [=McGinty=] often tests his affability.
* AntiHero: Daniel [=McGinty=] ranges from Type III to Type V, and back again.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: While The Boss is explaining his philosophy of life and how he came to make it in America, Daniel [=McGinty=] keeps getting distracted by the limousine they're riding in, wondering why it's so quiet.



* FramingDevice: As mentioned above, the movie starts in a bar until Daniel tells his story, and it ends in the same bar.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Daniel and The Boss start to fight and wrestle in the back of the limo, and then we immediately cut to the chauffeur complaining to The Boss' bodyguard about his girl troubles.
* HeelFaceTurn: Mcginty, [[{{Foreshadowing}} as revealed in the title card]]. It doesn't last very long, though.
* HypocriticalHumor: The Boss is trying to explain to Daniel why he should get married:

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* FramingDevice: As mentioned above, the movie starts in a bar until Daniel [=McGinty=] tells his story, and it ends in the same bar.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Daniel [=McGinty=] and The Boss start to fight and wrestle in the back of the limo, and then we immediately cut to the chauffeur complaining to The Boss' bodyguard about his girl troubles.
* HeelFaceTurn: Mcginty, [=McGinty=], [[{{Foreshadowing}} as revealed in the title card]]. It doesn't last very long, though.
* HypocriticalHumor: The Boss is trying to explain to Daniel [=McGinty=] why he should get married:



-->'''Daniel:''' Then why aren't you married?

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-->'''Daniel:''' -->'''[=McGinty=]:''' Then why aren't you married?



-->'''Daniel:''' Listen, you fat little four-flusher!

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-->'''Daniel:''' -->'''[=McGinty=]:''' Listen, you fat little four-flusher!



* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: As mentioned above, Daniel only marries Catherine grudgingly, because The Boss tells him they need the women vote, and Catherine is willing to help. But then end up falling in love. Played with, however, in that while Daniel still loves Catherine [[spoiler: he ends up having to leave her to avoid prosecution. He does make sure she and her children are well provided for before he leaves]].
* RunningGag: Whenever Daniel gets The Boss riled, they start fighting.

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* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: As mentioned above, Daniel [=McGinty=] only marries Catherine grudgingly, because The Boss tells him they need the women vote, and Catherine is willing to help. But then they end up falling in love. Played with, however, in that while Daniel [=McGinty=] still loves Catherine [[spoiler: he ends up having to leave her to avoid prosecution. He does make sure she and her children are well provided for before he leaves]].
* RunningGag: Whenever Daniel [=McGinty=] gets The Boss riled, they start fighting.



* TwoLinesNoWaiting: Subverted; despite what the title card seems to promise, we don't hear Tommy's story, we only hear Daniel's.
* UnusualEuphemism: Daniel describes the fights he has with The Boss as "brannigans".
* UpToEleven: Mcginty votes for the mayor ''37 times''.

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* TwoLinesNoWaiting: Subverted; despite what the title card seems to promise, we don't hear Tommy's story, we only hear Daniel's.
[=McGinty=]'s.
* UnusualEuphemism: Daniel [=McGinty=] describes the fights he has with The Boss as "brannigans".
* UpToEleven: Mcginty [=McGinty=] votes for the mayor ''37 times''.
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