Journalist Steve O'Malley wants to write a biography of a national hero who died when his car ran off a bridge. Steve receives conflicting reports and tales that make him question what the truth about the hero is.
Widower Tony is trying to keep a small Miami hotel afloat while raising a 12-year-old son. He's forced to ask his harried brother Mario for help, but he'll only bail Tony out if he quits his bohemian lifestyle and marries a sensible woman.
Edward G. Robinson,
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
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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 »
(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 »
But there is one question on his mind you better have the answer to.
He's beginning to wonder if there is any difference between the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.
Now that's a fine question for a presidential candidate to ask. There's all the difference in the world. They're in and we're out!
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When this film was reissued new titles and credits were printed. Katharine Hepburn's name is misspelled in the reissue's opening credits (as Katherine Hepburn). See more »
My impressions: Fast paced, fast talking, no letup, enough dialogue for three movies! It's a frank look at the underbelly of politics, the wheelings and dealings of the back room. Grant Matthews (Spencer Tracy) is the likely candidate for the presidency but he's filled with such fine idealism that he becomes more of an encumbrance to his supporters who think that getting ahead means sacrificing one's ideals, pandering to those in authority, or whatever it takes to gain votes. Enter on the scene Grant's wife, Mary (Kate Hepburn) who is adamant and uncompromising when she sees how dishonest and insipid his public speeches are forced to become. But right triumphs in the end.
I must say Angela Lansbury, here in the role of a wealthy heiress, is remarkably poised and mature as an older woman in spite of her youthful looks -- a very talented lady. Both Adolphe Menjou and Van Johnson keep up the pace of dialogue and events splendidly as substantial supporting cast members.
If the term can be coined, this is a "politician's movie" yet still of interest to the ordinary viewer.
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