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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?


Gary Cooper was originally chosen for the role of Grant Matthews. See more »


(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 »


Mary Matthews: It's a small request, but I'd give anything for a good smack on the south end.
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Crazy Credits

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


Version of Producers' Showcase: State of the Union (1954) See more »

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My favorite Tracy-Hepburn film
30 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is my favorite Tracy-Hepburn film and one of my favorite Frank Capra films. I recommend reading Capra's out-of-print biography, "The Name Above the Title" for the interesting story of the reaction to this film by official Washington in 1948.

Quite reminiscent of "Meet John Doe," the story tests the character of a man against the political power-brokers who want to use him for their own purposes. Ideals battle pragmatism in ways that still ring true 50+ years later.

Angela Landsbury is a wicked woman (can we call her a fem fa tale?) in an amazing performance foreshadowing her role in 1962's "Manchurian Candidate." Adolphe Menjou's sleazy political boss is about a greasy as they come.

All in all there is nothing like a Capra film to make me what to stick to my principles and listen to the people who really love me. Add to Capra's theme of the inherent wisdom of the people this first rate group of actors and you have two hours of time well spent.

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