Preston Sturges worked on almost 20 screenplays before he figured out how to keep mediocre directors from mucking up his words and stories: direct the pictures himself. Lucky for him, Sturges scripts made bank and Paramount Pictures desperately wanted the next one. When Sturges offered it to them for $10 — with the caveat that he would direct — Paramount bit and The Great McGinty, a comedy about a hobo (Brian Donlevy) who becomes a successful political puppet for a corrupt boss (Akim Tamiroff) before growing a conscience, became Sturges’s debut as a filmmaker. Sturges would go on to become … Continue reading THE GREAT MCGINTY