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State of the Union (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 30 April 1948 (USA)
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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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)
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Sam Thorndyke
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Sam I. Parrish
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Bill Nolard Hardy
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Lulubelle Alexander
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Judge Alexander
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Art Baker ...
Leith - Radio Announcer
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Sen. Lauterback
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Grace Orval Draper
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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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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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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

(at around 47 mins) Madams Matthews and Draper are having a cocktail in the study prior to Mr. Matthews's speech broadcast from home. They request another round, A tray of four is brought to them. Before it is set down, it's already seen on the table. A few shots later, the tray disappears then reappears. See more »

Quotes

Mary Matthews: Another thing - he used to hate to hear me swear. Whenever I'd let with something, he'd smack me on my sitter, hard. I've done a lot of swearing on this trip.
Jim Conover: And no smacks?
Mary Matthews: It's a small request, but I'd give anything for a good smack on my south end.
Jim Conover: I wish there was something I could do about that.
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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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Featured in Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) 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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