'The Gentleman from Boston'
is probably gone
-- and it'll be three House speakers in a row leaving Beacon Hill under a cloud. Or is it four House speakers? I've lost track. ...
Speaking of Beacon Hill, I didn't know, or I guess I can't recall, that Michael Connolly -- of Boston Licensing Board and Aspiring Real-estate Mogul fame
-- once co-directed a film called 'The Gentleman from Boston,'
now known as 'Beacon Hill,'
described as "a story of innocence versus corruption on Boston’s Beacon Hill." Howie
recalls his starring role
in the flick, once not-so-subtly described by Steve Bailey
as a true big-screen stinker. But the movie apparently has a line in it, spoken by a House speaker character, that seems oddly apt today: "Show me a guy who runs on issues, and I’ll show you a loser." Sal and his supporters tried to use his liberal stands on issues
as a sort of protective force-field against the hack charges piling up against him. The issues didn't, couldn't and wouldn't save him in the end. Maybe Connolly, albeit ironically, got something right in his movie.