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LD Classic THE GREAT McGINTY (1940) Brian Donlevy FS Encore Edition Classic LD

LD Classic THE GREAT McGINTY (1940) Brian Donlevy FS Encore Edition Classic LD

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Laserdisc Title: "THE GREAT McGINTY (1940)"
Edition: Fullscreen Encore Edition (Single Disc)
Directed By: Preston Sturges
Starring: Brian Donlevy, Muriel Angelus, Akim Tamiroff, William Demarest
Special Features: ---Side 2 Chapter 1 Theatrical Trailer---
Production / Year: 1940 Paramount Pictures Inc, Renewed 1967 EMK
Running Time: 82 Minutes / Black & White
Audio Format: CX Encoded
Video Format: NTSC, CLV Side 1 and CAV Side 2
Miscellaneous Features: Not Rated
Distributed By: MCA Home Video
Catalog / Spine Number: 40595

Cosmetic Condition:
Disc (s): Excellent - Hardly noticeable to very minor hairline surface swirls, if any
Jacket: Very Good - Normal shelf wear, few creases, slightly worn-out corners or edges and a small split middle of bottom spine

The conventional wisdom on McGINTY is that it's lesser Sturges, more important as his directorial debut than as a standalone comedy. Pish and tosh. This is a supremely satisfying comedy and had it been Sturges' only directing credit, would still mark him as a filmmaker to remember. (And, no, that's not a subtle swipe at his others, merely a defense of this too-often overlooked movie.)Maybe the best asset of McGINTY is its budget constraint, which steered Sturges towards the 'ensemble' casting which would become one of his hallmarks. The movie is filled stem to stern with sharp-eyed turns by primarily supporting players (including the leads, Donlevy & Tamiroff, who are excellent). What I can't help but notice is how the Sturges films of the 40s are really the last gasp of the great breakneck comedies of the pre-Code 30s, just prior to the 'screwball' era, when Hollywood was still allowed to poke fun at people/institutions/conventions of the Real World. In fact, McGINTY -with only minor casting changes- would have fit right in with the Warner Bros/First National bumper crop of fast, cynical comedies of '31-'34. (And, by the way, Tamiroff's cheerfully corrupt and malapropping Boss would be paid hilarious homage 20+ years later in animation form as Boris Badinov in Jay Ward's ROCKY & BULLWINKLE cartoons.) The love interest of Muriel Angelus, and adjoining subplot, may come off a bit treacly, but Sturges was canny enough to make this studio-mandated mawkishness an integral part of the plot...even as early as 1940, he was subverting True Love to his devilishly satiric purposes! So stop nitpicking and thoroughly enjoy one of the great American comedies, brought to unforgettable life by that great if unrecognized repertory company, The Sturges Players (featuring, among others, Wm Demarest, Thurston Hall & Arthur Hoyt). Payment Accepted: Paypal is preferred & must be paid within 3 days of winning the product. In case of multiple items, payment is expected within 3 days of winning the final product. Money Order and Cash are accepted but buyer must notify me via email of your intention within 3 days of winning the product. Money Order must be received within 10 days of product closes.


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