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Trivia / The Last Hurrah

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  • What Could Have Been: Orson Welles was John Ford's original choice to play Frank Skeffington but Welles either lost or refused the part after Ward Bond, a Ford friend and an ultra-conservative Republican, publicly questioned Welles' loyalty to the US, as Welles was well-known as a progressive Democrat. Ford was furious at Bond, since Welles and Ford were fans of each other's work. Ford also considered James Cagney and John Wayne. Jack Lemmon was announced for the role of Adam Caufield opposite Cagney.


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