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Director:
Writers:
Howard Lindsay (play) and
Russel Crouse (play) ...
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Release Date:
30 April 1948 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
How's the State of the Union? It's GREAT!
Plot:
An industrialist is urged to run for President, but this requires uncomfortable compromises on both political and marital levels. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
As true, or truer today, as it was 60+ years ago. See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Spencer Tracy ... Grant Matthews

Katharine Hepburn ... Mary Matthews (as Katherine Hepburn)

Van Johnson ... 'Spike' McManus

Angela Lansbury ... Kay Thorndyke

Adolphe Menjou ... 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

Margaret Hamilton ... Norah
Art Baker ... Leith - Radio Announcer
Pierre Watkin ... Senator Lauterback
Florence Auer ... Grace Orval Draper
Irving Bacon ... Buck Swenson

Charles Lane ... Blink Moran
Patti Brady ... Joyce Matthews
Georgie Nokes ... Grant Matthews Jr.

Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Bellboy (as Carl Switzer)
Tom Fadden ... Waiter
Tom Pedi ... Barber
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Anderson ... Television Technician (uncredited)
Harry Anderson ... Photographer (uncredited)
Stanley Andrews ... Senator (uncredited)
Sam Ash ... Editor (uncredited)
Frank Austin ... Crackpot (uncredited)
David Bair ... Minor Role (uncredited)
George Barton ... Photographer (uncredited)
Brandon Beach ... Editor (uncredited)
Anne Beck ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Lennie Bluett ... Page Boy (uncredited)
Jack Boyle ... Photographer (uncredited)
Norma Brown ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
Douglas Carter ... Photographer (uncredited)
Maurice Cass ... Little Man at White House Gate (uncredited)
Davison Clark ... Newspaper Editor Crump (uncredited)

David Clarke ... Rusty Miller (uncredited)
Frank L. Clarke ... Joe Crandall (uncredited)
Gene Coogan ... Photographer (uncredited)
Edwin Cooper ... Bradbury (uncredited)
Fred Datig Jr. ... Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Bert Davidson ... Reporter (uncredited)
Boyd Davis ... Doctor (uncredited)
Lew Davis ... Reporter (uncredited)
Drew Demorest ... Reporter (uncredited)
Helen Eby-Rock ... Business Woman (uncredited)
Thornton Edwards ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Congressman (uncredited)
Sam Finn ... Reporter (uncredited)
Sig Frohlich ... Page Boy (uncredited)
Joe Gilbert ... Newsreel Cameraman (uncredited)
Herschel Graham ... Assistant Cameraman (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ... Jesse - Butler (uncredited)
Mahlon Hamilton ... Businessman (uncredited)
Phil Harron ... Reporter (uncredited)
Timmy Hawkins ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Dell Henderson ... Broder (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Television Technician (uncredited)
Art Howard ... City Official (uncredited)
Tor Johnson ... Wrestler (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Television Prompter (uncredited)
Jimmy Lennon Sr. ... Reporter (uncredited)
Marion Martin ... Blonde Girl (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... City Official (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Reporter (uncredited)
Charles Meakin ... Editor (uncredited)
Russell Meeker ... Politician (uncredited)
Fred Miller ... Labor Leader (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Doctor (uncredited)
Rhea Mitchell ... Jenny (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Reporter (uncredited)
Roger Moore ... Photographer (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Politician (uncredited)

Arthur O'Connell ... First Reporter (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Brooklynite (uncredited)
Netta Packer ... Nurse (uncredited)
Frank Pharr ... Editor (uncredited)
Eddie Phillips ... Television Technician (uncredited)
Francis Pierlot ... Newspaper Editor Josephs (uncredited)
Stanley Price ... Photographer (uncredited)
Ed Randolph ... Reporter (uncredited)
Barry Regan ... Reporter (uncredited)

Ellen Ross ... Secretary (uncredited)
Henry Russell ... Labor Leader (uncredited)
Marshall Ruth ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jerry Schumacher ... Newsreel Cameraman (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Photographer (uncredited)
Robert Skelton ... Reporter (uncredited)
J. Lewis Smith ... Photographer (uncredited)
Robert Spencer ... Guard (uncredited)
Ted Stanhope ... Reporter (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Television Sound Technician (uncredited)
Henry Sylvester ... Butler (uncredited)
Frank Whitbeck ... Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Eve Whitney ... Secretary (uncredited)
Dave Willock ... Pilot (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Photographer (uncredited)
Fred Zendar ... Photographer (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Capra 
 
Writing credits
Howard Lindsay (play) and
Russel Crouse (play)

Anthony Veiller (screenplay) and
Myles Connolly (screenplay)

Produced by
Frank Capra .... producer
Anthony Veiller .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Victor Young 
 
Cinematography by
George J. Folsey (director of photography) (as George J. Falsey)
 
Film Editing by
William Hornbeck 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Urie McCleary 
 
Set Decoration by
Emile Kuri 
Edwin B. Willis (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Irene 
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles designer
 
Production Management
Arthur S. Black Jr. .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur S. Black Jr. .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Conrad Kahn .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mervin Bradner .... grip (uncredited)
Robert J. Bronner .... camera operator (uncredited)
Jerome Hester .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Leland Hayward .... stage producer
Eylla Jacobs .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Frank Capra's State of the Union" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
124 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2005) | USA:Approved | USA:Passed
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Adapted from a Broadway play by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. "State of the Union", starring Ralph Bellamy and Ruth Hussey, which opened at the Hudson Theater in New York on Nov 14, 1945 and ran for 765 performances (about two years).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: (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:
Kay Thorndyke:Kay Thorndyke: "My father always said that life was war, so never count the casualties !"See more »
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What was the criticle reception to the film in the late 1940s?
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
As true, or truer today, as it was 60+ years ago., 24 December 2009
Author: J.S. Bricker, Jr. (sbrix@erols.com) from Wolfsville, MD

Sadly, politics haven't changed, and probably never will, in the intervening 61 years since this movie was made. As with most Capra movies, it's not hard to get the message, but that doesn't make it any less hard hitting. Also, as with most Capra movies, it allows the viewer to wonder "what if" if only for a couple of hours. All of the major actors are stellar, but then again, they were seldom anything but in most of their films. It was a little distracting to see Spencer Tracey looking down to apparently read some of his final speech, but the speech and the entire movie were very powerful. It should be required viewing for today's political science classes.

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