Great McGinty, The (1940): Preston Sturges Directing Debut

This sharp, often witty political satire was Preston Sturges’ most impressive feature debut as a director, launching a brilliant career as one of Paramount’s top filmmakers.

Brian Donlevy plays a street bum, who by following the advice of a crooked boss (Akim Tamiroff) ends up becoming a politician, first as a mayor then as a governor.

However, after becoming a family man, his conscience begins to bother him, leading to his political demise.

 

Oscar Nominations: 1

Original Screenplay: Preston Sturges

Oscar Awards: 1

Original Screenplay