The Blues Audience / Not the last HURRAH
Last month over 100 attendees stopped by the Barker Center Lawn to celebrate the last hurrah of summer and chat about classes, literature, and summer adventures with faculty, staff, graduate students, peers, and prospective English concentrators at our 7th Annual Welcome Back Barbecue.
The View from the Blue House: The last hurrah!
That’s the bad news. The good news is that Hurrah depicts the last stages of unity and reconciliation projected by Gangs. The subtitle of The Last Hurrah could be The Revenge of the WASP. Skeffington finds himself fighting against both the new Irish middle-class and old money Protestants. His moment seems to have been a blip, a brief transition phase in American urban history. By the film’s conclusion, history has come full circle and ethnic conflicts are resolved in a way that could never have happened while blueblood-baiters like Skeffington remained in power.
All this is well known. What is less well known is that the entire history of bossism is contained in three films: Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York (the origin), Preston Sturges’The Great McGinty (the peak), and John Ford’s The Last Hurrah (decline).