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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

During the airliner loop scene Katharine Hepburn is seen rotating in a complete circle, however, items on the table, her hair, or the item she's knitting never move. It is obvious the movie frames were rotated in a circle. See more »

Quotes

Jim Conover: ...the most beautiful plank in your husband's platform.
Mary Matthews: That's a heck of a thing to call a woman!
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Crazy Credits

When this film was reissued new titles and credits were printed. Photographer George Folsey's name is misspelled in the reissue's opening credits (as George Falsey). See more »

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Referenced in Scandal: The State of the Union (2014) See more »

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Another neglected gem!
1 July 2003 | by bestactorSee 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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