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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.

Director:

Frank Capra

Writers:

Howard Lindsay (play), Russel Crouse (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ... Sen. Lauterback
Florence Auer ... Grace Orval Draper
Irving Bacon ... Buck Swenson
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Storyline

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!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frank Capra's State of the Union See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,600,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Liberty Films (II) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The other plane in the aerial acrobatic sequence is a North American AT-6A "Texan", registration NC90639. Used primarily as a training aircraft, over 15,000 were built. At the time of the film, this particular aircraft was own by a private individual in Berverly Hills, California. Soon after, it was sold to the Philippine Air Force in February, 1948. See more »

Goofs

(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: My father always said that life was war, so never count the casualties !
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Crazy Credits

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 »

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Ronald Reagan stole this line.
18 February 2003 | by gordon_02140See all my reviews

In the 1980 New Hampshire primary, an exasperated Ronald Reagan blurted out the famous line "I'm paying for this microphone!" when a moderator threaten to turn off the microphones at an unruly debate. It was a hugely successful and defining moment for Reagan, nailing down his image as a man of rugged independence who refused to suffer fools gladly -- to say nothing of his ability to craft a clever quip. However, given his Hollywood roots, it seems more likely he consciously or unconsciously lifted this line from Spencer Tracy's character in "State of the Union."


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