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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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Cast

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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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Storyline

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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How's the State of the Union? It's GREAT!

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Comedy | Drama

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30 April 1948 (USA)  »

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$2,600,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

Frank Capra originally wanted Clark Gable to play Grant Mathews so that he and Claudette Colbert could be reunited after their enormous success in It Happened One Night (1934), also directed by Capra. See more »

Goofs

A newspaper, meant to be for the current date in the movie, is shown with the date Monday, April 5, 1948. Later, another newspaper, also meant to be for what is now the current date, is shown, and the date is Friday, March 26, 1948. See more »

Quotes

Lulubelle Alexander: I haven't enjoyed myself this much since Huey Long died!
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Crazy Credits

Photographer George Folsey's name is misspelled in the opening credits (as George Falsey). See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Spencer Tracy (1961) See more »

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12 August 2007 | by (Virgin Islands) – See all my reviews

Politics then and now, what's the difference? "People are beginning to think that there is no difference between the Republican and the Democratic party" Sounds familiar? Special interests groups, lobbyists, mercenaries and somewhere in the middle of it all Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, projecting the hopes of all well meaning Americans, or earthlings in general for that matter. The chemistry between Tracy and Hepburn is so all consuming that whatever we see them do or hear them say we believe, we believe totally. As if this was not enough, Adelph Menjou gives his character a truth that is as relevant and uncomfortable as it is entertaining. But the crowning jewel of this wonderful film is Angela Lansbury - she was barely 20 years old when she made this movie and look at her, just look at her. Not merely holding her own with seasoned stars like Tracy and Hepburn but at times, overshadowing them. This is considered a minor Capra, I just say, you must be kidding.


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