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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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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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Judge Alexander
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Norah
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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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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

The cocktail Lulubelle likes is called a Sazerac. Originating in New Orleans, it is made with cognac, absinthe, sugar and Peychard's bitters. See more »

Goofs

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

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Mary Matthews: It's a small request, but I'd give anything for a good smack on the south end.
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Photographer George Folsey's name is misspelled in the opening credits (as George Falsey). See more »

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Another neglected gem!
1 July 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is an outstanding movie that belongs in the standard viewing repertoire of great movies from the 1940's. There is a reason this movie is not so well known. It was obviously filmed as a big MGM production (you can hear the lion's roar on the soundtrack!) that became owned by Frank Capra's Liberty Films. The script is very intelligent and demonstrates a knowing cynicism of the political world, but much more believable and less sentimental than Mr. Smith or other Capra films. Most people have seen only a few Tracy-Hepburn movies. Hopefully with Hepburn's recent passing the rights owner will produce a digitally restored DVD with background explaining the history and perspective of this seldom seen classic.


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