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State of the Union (1948)

Approved  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Matthews (as Katherine Hepburn)
'Spike' McManus
Kay Thorndyke
Jim Conover (as Adolph Menjou)
Sam Thorndyke
Howard Smith ...
Sam I. Parrish
Charles Dingle ...
Bill Nolard Hardy
Maidel Turner ...
Lulubelle Alexander
Raymond Walburn ...
Judge Alexander
Art Baker ...
Leith - Radio Announcer
Pierre Watkin ...
Senator Lauterback
Florence Auer ...
Grace Orval Draper
Irving Bacon ...
Buck Swenson


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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Release Date:

30 April 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Frank Capra's State of the Union  »

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$2,600,000 (estimated)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the film was made and released, President Harry Truman had not made his miraculous political comeback and was considered a sure loser in the 1948 Presidential election by nearly everyone, which is why both the Republican Presidential nomination is considered so valuable in the movie, and why Van Johnson's character is amused when a young woman tells him that she thinks Truman will be elected President in his own right in November. See more »


Katharine Hepburn's name is misspelled in the opening credits as "Katherine". See more »


Lulubelle Alexander: I haven't enjoyed myself this much since Huey Long died!
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Adolphe Menjou's name is misspelled in the opening credits (as Adolph Menjou). See more »


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Ronald Reagan stole this line.
18 February 2003 | by (Cambridge, MA) – See all my reviews

In the 1980 New Hampshire primary, an exasperated Ronald Reagan blurted out the famous line "I'm paying for this microphone!" when a moderator threaten to turn off the microphones at an unruly debate. It was a hugely successful and defining moment for Reagan, nailing down his image as a man of rugged independence who refused to suffer fools gladly -- to say nothing of his ability to craft a clever quip. However, given his Hollywood roots, it seems more likely he consciously or unconsciously lifted this line from Spencer Tracy's character in "State of the Union."

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