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The Great McGinty

The Great McGinty(1940)

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  • On August 19, 1939, Paramount issued a check to contract writer Preston Sturges to buy the story and screenplay of this movie, in the amount of $10. Sturges promised to sell the script for that amount if he could direct. The studio took him up on it and the film was a hit and won an Academy Award for the screenplay, probably making it the cheapest Oscar-winning script in history.
  • Other titles for this project were "Biography of a Bum" and "Down Went McGinty".
  • Sturges got the idea for this film from a Chicago area judge who shared stories with him about city elections.

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