A Tribute to Jeffrey Hunter

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Jeffrey Hunter portrayed Christ in this classic film
Jeffrey Hunter co-starred with John Wayne in this popular John Ford film
Jeffrey Hunter portrayed Captain Christopher Pike in the early days of Star Trek

The Last Hurrah was based on the best-selling novel by Edwin O'Connor. A case can be made that the character of Frank Skeffington is based on the real-life Massachusetts politician James Michael Curley, though O'Connor denied this.


(Adam Caulfield)  Jeff is a likeable, sympathetic newspaper reporter invited by his uncle, an old-time Irish politician, to enjoy a ringside seat during the man's last campaign, for mayor of an unnamed New England City. (Frank Skeffington, the politician, is played superbly as both generous man and rogue by Spencer Tracy). A fine John Ford comedy-drama based on Edwin O'Connor's best-selling novel about the passing of old New England politics. Besides newcomer Dianne Foster as Jeff's bride, the cast includes some of the screen's greatest character actors and actresses in what for many of them was their swan song:  Basil Rathbone, Pat O'Brien, John Carradine, James Gleason, Donald Crisp, Frank McHugh, Edward Brophy, Edmund Lowe, Wallace Ford, Ricardo Cortez, Anna Lee, and Jane Darwell, many of whom had been John Ford Stock Company players for decades.

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Jeff's character Adam Caulfield is a newspaper cartoonist in the novel; he is a sports writer in the film.  Jack Lemmon was considered for the role before Jeff was cast.
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