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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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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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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

There was tension on the set between the fiercely conservative Adolphe Menjou and liberal-thinking Katharine Hepburn, who had recently made a public speech against America's "Red hysteria" and was facing a backlash from conservative circles as a result. 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

Mary Matthews: You politicians have stayed professionals only because the voters have remained amateurs.
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Katharine Hepburn's name is misspelled in the opening credits (as Katherine Hepburn). See more »

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Filmed Play
30 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

This political drama is based on a play, and it sure looks like it. There are scenes after scenes with characters engaging in long conversations, mostly about politics. It basically looks like a filmed stage play and it soon becomes tiresome. Capra tries to break up the monotony by including a scene featuring planes barnstorming, but it looks out of place and feels tacked on just to make it cinematic. This is one of the weakest entries in the Tracy-Hepburn series, but the stars are not to blame. They try their best, but are let down by the material. Lansbury is fine in a role that's a precursor to "The Manchurian Candidate." Johnson provides the comic relief.


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