In THE LAST HURRAH, John Ford explores the quintessential Irish-American rogue: the big city politician. Widely believed to be based on the life of Boston mayor James Curley, THE LAST HURRAH stars Spencer Tracy (whom Ford discovered) as Mayor Frank Skeffington, the last of a dying breed of grassroots politicians. Facing a re-election challenge from a new kind of politician – the TV candidate – Skeffington pulls out all the stops in an old-fashioned, rip-roaring campaign which enrages the WASP establishment. Supported by a superb cast of character actors, including Pat O’Brien, John Carradine, Basil Rathbone and James Gleason (heralded at the time as the largest collection of scene-stealers ever assembled), Tracy gives a spellbinding performance in this frank and funny, and ultimately wrenching portrait of a great man’s final days.

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The Last Hurrah (1958)

Classic/Drama · 2h 1m · 10/29/1958

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ALL THE FUN, THE FURY AND THE FABULOUS CHARACTERS OF THE FAMOUS BOOK!

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In THE LAST HURRAH, John Ford explores the quintessential Irish-American rogue: the big city politician. Widely believed to be based on the life of Boston mayor James Curley, THE LAST HURRAH stars Spencer Tracy (whom Ford discovered) as Mayor Frank Skeffington, the last of a dying breed of grassroots politicians. Facing a re-election challenge from a new kind of politician – the TV candidate – Skeffington pulls out all the stops in an old-fashioned, rip-roaring campaign which enrages the WASP establishment. Supported by a superb cast of character actors, including Pat O’Brien, John Carradine, Basil Rathbone and James Gleason (heralded at the time as the largest collection of scene-stealers ever assembled), Tracy gives a spellbinding performance in this frank and funny, and ultimately wrenching portrait of a great man’s final days.

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Status

Released

Language

English

Country

United States

Production Company

Columbia Pictures
Cast
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Spencer Tracy

Frank Skeffington
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Jeffrey Hunter

Adam Caulfield
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Dianne Foster

Maeve Caulfield
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Pat O'Brien

John Gorman
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Basil Rathbone

Norman Cass, Sr.
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Donald Crisp

Cardinal Martin Burke
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James Gleason

'Cuke' Gillen
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Edward Brophy

'Ditto' Boland
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John Carradine

Amos Force
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Willis Bouchey

Roger Sugrue
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Basil Ruysdael

Bishop Gardner
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Ricardo Cortez

Sam Weinberg
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Wallace Ford

Charles J. Hennessey
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Frank McHugh

Festus Garvey
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Carleton Young

Winslow
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Frank Albertson

Jack Mangan
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Bob Sweeney

Johnny Degnan
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William Leslie

Dan Herlihy
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Anna Lee

Gert Minihan
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Ken Curtis

Monsignor Killian
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Jane Darwell

Delia Boylan
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O.Z. Whitehead

Norman Cass, Jr. (as O. Z. Whitehead)
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Arthur Walsh

Frank Skeffington, Jr.
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Phil Adams

(uncredited)
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Alex Akimoff

(uncredited)
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Fred Aldrich

Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)
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Richard Alexander

Mourner Given Cigar at Wake (uncredited)
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Leon Alton

Banquet Guest (uncredited)
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Don Anderson

Cop at Wake (uncredited)
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Walter Bacon

Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)
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Frank Baker

Banker at Plymouth Club (uncredited)
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Bobette Bentley

1st Blonde (uncredited)
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Steve Benton

(uncredited)
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Gail Bonney

Woman (uncredited)
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Danny Borzage

Pete (uncredited)
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Paul Bradley

Banquet Guest (uncredited)
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Chet Brandenburg

Mourner at Wake (uncredited)
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Rand Brooks

Votes Tallyman (uncredited)
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George Bruggeman

Mourner at Burial (uncredited)
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John Bryant

Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)
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James J. Casino

Political Rally Marcher (uncredited)
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Jack Chefe

Crowd Member (uncredited)
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Dick Cherney

Reporter (uncredited)
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George Chester

Mourner at Wake (uncredited)
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Noble 'Kid' Chissell

Political Rally Marcher (uncredited)
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Charles Cirillo

(uncredited)
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Richard Dale Clark

(uncredited)
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Ruth Clifford

Nurse (uncredited)
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Edmund Cobb

Man (uncredited)
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Bud Cokes

Cop at Wake (uncredited)
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Russell Custer

Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)
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Hal K. Dawson

Managing Editor (uncredited)
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Richard Deacon

Graves (uncredited)
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John Deauville

(uncredited)
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Jack Deery

Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)
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George DeNormand

Banker (uncredited)
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Joe Devlin

Man (uncredited)
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Jimmy Dime

Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)
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Mike Donovan

Mourner at Wake (uncredited)
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Clint Dorrington

(uncredited)
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Mimi Doyle

Mamie Burns (uncredited)
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Tommy Earwood

Gregory McClusky (uncredited)
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Richard Elmore

Mourner at Wake (uncredited)
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Eddie Fetherston

(uncredited)
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Duke Fishman

Campaign Worker (uncredited)
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Millie Fitzgerald

Carmichael Sister (uncredited)
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Charles B. Fitzsimons

Kevin McCluskey (uncredited)
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James Flavin

Police Capt. Michael J. Shanahan (uncredited)
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George Ford

(uncredited)
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William Forrest

Dr. Tom (uncredited)
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Joseph Forte

Managing Editor (uncredited)
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Raoul Freeman

Banker at Plymouth Club (uncredited)
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Helen Gereghty

Carmichael Sister (uncredited)
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Kenneth Gibson

Banquet Guest (uncredited)
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James Gonzalez

Reporter (uncredited)
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Sam Harris

Plymouth Club Member on Stairs (uncredited)
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Ed Haskett

Banker at Plymouth Club (uncredited)
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Jack Henderson

Minor Role (uncredited)
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William Henry

Votes Tallyman (uncredited)
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Chuck Hicks

Fighter (uncredited)
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Stuart Holmes

(uncredited)
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Shep Houghton

Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)
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Chuck Howard

(uncredited)
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William Hudson

Votes Tallyman (uncredited)
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Charles Anthony Hughes

Man (uncredited)
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Thomas E. Jackson

(uncredited)
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William Janssen

(uncredited)
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Michael Jeffers

Campaign Worker (uncredited)
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Roy Jenson

Fighter (uncredited)
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Rolan Jones

(uncredited)
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Richard Keene

(uncredited)
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Fred Kennedy

(uncredited)
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Colin Kenny

Plymouth Club Member (uncredited)
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June Kirby

2nd Blonde (uncredited)
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Ann Kunde

Mourner at Wake (uncredited)
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Joseph La Cava

Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)
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Webster Lagrange

(uncredited)
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Harry Lauter

Votes Tallyman (uncredited)
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Johnny Leone

(uncredited)
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Robert Levin

Jules Kowalsky (uncredited)
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Robert Locke Lorraine

Political Rally Marcher (uncredited)
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Edmund Lowe

Johnny Byrne (uncredited)
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Wilbur Mack

Banquet Guest (uncredited)
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Hank Mann

(uncredited)
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Eve March

Neighbor (uncredited)
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Frank Marlowe

(uncredited)
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Mae Marsh

Mourner at Wake (uncredited)
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Philo McCullough

Politician (uncredited)
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Joe McGuinn

2nd Man (uncredited)
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Frank McLure

Mourner at Wake (uncredited)
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Edward McNally

Ward Heeler (uncredited)
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Paul McVey

Banker (uncredited)
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Harold Miller

Banquet Guest (uncredited)
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Ernesto Molinari

Banquet Guest (uncredited)
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Charles Morton

Reporter (uncredited)
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Sol Murgi

Political Rally Marcher (uncredited)
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Jimmy Murphy

Office Boy (uncredited)
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Forbes Murray

Banker at Plymouth Club (uncredited)
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George Nardelli

Banquet Guest (uncredited)
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Tom Neal

Tom (uncredited)
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Bill Neff

Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)
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William H. O'Brien

(uncredited)
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Brian O'Hara

Man (uncredited)
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Joe Palma

Cop at Campaign HQ (uncredited)
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Emma Palmese

Woman at Enterance (uncredited)
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Harvey Parry

(uncredited)
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Jack Pennick

Police Sgt. Rafferty (uncredited)
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Bob Perry

(uncredited)
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Murray Pollack

Mourner at Burial (uncredited)
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Paul Power

Banker at Plymouth Club (uncredited)
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Fred Rapport

Man on Dais (uncredited)
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Edward Rickard

Cop at Wake (uncredited)
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Clete Roberts

Reporter (uncredited)
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Molly Roden

Neighbor (uncredited)
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Victor Romito

Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)
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John Roy

Mourner at Wake (uncredited)
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Buck Russell

(uncredited)
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Dick Ryan

Man (uncredited)
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Cosmo Sardo

Mourner at Wake (uncredited)
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Frank J. Scannell

Man (uncredited)
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Bernard Sell

Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)
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Jordan Shelley

(uncredited)
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Charles Sherlock

Rally Marcher (uncredited)
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Carl Sklover

Political Rally Marcher (uncredited)
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Stephen Soldi

Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)
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George Spaulding

Man (uncredited)
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Bert Spencer

Mourner at Wake (uncredited)
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Ted Stanhope

1st Man (uncredited)
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Anna Stein

(uncredited)
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Bert Stevens

Political Rally Marcher / Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)
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Harry Strang

Harry (uncredited)
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Brick Sullivan

Ward Heeler (uncredited)
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Charles Sullivan

Charlie (uncredited)
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Frank Sully

Fire Lieutenant (uncredited)
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Julius Tannen

Mr. Kowalsky (uncredited)
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Harry Tenbrook

Caterer at Wake (uncredited)
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Jack Tornek

Man at Campaign HQ (uncredited)
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Charles Trowbridge

Plymouth Club Member at Front Door (uncredited)
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Phil Tully

Man (uncredited)
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Harry Tyler

Robert (uncredited)
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Ruth Warren

Ellen Davin (uncredited)
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James Waters

Young Politician (uncredited)
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Helen Westcott

Mrs. McCluskey (uncredited)
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Chalky Williams

Mourner at Wake (uncredited)
Crew
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John Ford

Director
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Frank S. Nugent

Writer
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Edwin O'Connor

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

The Last Hurrah

(DVD)

Disc Title Front Cover

The Last Hurrah

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

10/19/1999

Disc Title Front Cover

The Last Hurrah

(DVD)

10/13/2013

Disc Title Front Cover

The Last Hurrah

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD Slim, Low))

9/18/2018

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