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State of the Union (1948)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  30 April 1948 (USA)
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An industrialist is urged to run for President, but this requires uncomfortable compromises on both political and marital levels.

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Grant Matthews
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Mary Matthews (as Katherine Hepburn)
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'Spike' McManus
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Kay Thorndyke
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Jim Conover (as Adolph Menjou)
Lewis Stone ...
Sam Thorndyke
Howard Smith ...
Sam I. Parrish
Charles Dingle ...
Bill Nolard Hardy
Maidel Turner ...
Lulubelle Alexander
Raymond Walburn ...
Judge Alexander
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Art Baker ...
Leith - Radio Announcer
Pierre Watkin ...
Senator Lauterback
Florence Auer ...
Grace Orval Draper
Irving Bacon ...
Buck Swenson
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Kay Thordyke loves Grant Matthews and helps him become Republican nominee for President. The party machine begins to worry as Grant begins to speak for himself. At an important dinner his wife Mary condemns corrupt politicians and Grant learns to speak out even more boldly.. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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30 April 1948 (USA)  »

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$2,600,000 (estimated)
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Mary Matthews: You politicians have stayed professionals only because the voters have remained amateurs.
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As true, or truer today, as it was 60+ years ago.
24 December 2009 | by (Wolfsville, MD) – See all my reviews

Sadly, politics haven't changed, and probably never will, in the intervening 61 years since this movie was made. As with most Capra movies, it's not hard to get the message, but that doesn't make it any less hard hitting. Also, as with most Capra movies, it allows the viewer to wonder "what if" if only for a couple of hours. All of the major actors are stellar, but then again, they were seldom anything but in most of their films. It was a little distracting to see Spencer Tracey looking down to apparently read some of his final speech, but the speech and the entire movie were very powerful. It should be required viewing for today's political science classes.


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