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State of the Union ()


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An industrialist is urged to run for President, but this requires uncomfortable compromises on both political and marital levels.

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Grant Matthews
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Mary Matthews
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'Spike' McManus
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Kay Thorndyke
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Jim Conover
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Sam Thorndyke
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Sam I. Parrish
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Bill Nolard Hardy
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Lulubelle Alexander
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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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Blink Moran
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Joyce Matthews
Georgie Nokes ...
Grant Matthews Jr.
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Bellboy (as Carl Switzer)
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Waiter
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Barber
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Television Technician (uncredited)
Harry Anderson ...
Photographer (uncredited)
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Senator (uncredited)
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Editor (uncredited)
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Crackpot (uncredited)
David Bair ...
Undetermined Secondary 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)
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Little Man Outside White House Gate (uncredited)
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Television Broadcast Audience (uncredited)
Davison Clark ...
Crump - Newspaper Editor (uncredited)
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Rusty Miller (uncredited)
Frank L. Clarke ...
Joe Crandall (uncredited)
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Photographer (uncredited)
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Bradbury (uncredited)
Fred Datig Jr. ...
Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Bert Davidson ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Boyd Davis ...
Doctor (uncredited)
Lew Davis ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Helen Eby-Rock ...
Business Woman (uncredited)
Thornton Edwards ...
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
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Congressman (uncredited)
Sam Finn ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Sig Frohlich ...
Page Boy (uncredited)
Joe Gilbert ...
Newsreel Cameraman (uncredited)
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Assistant Cameraman (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ...
Jesse - Butler (uncredited)
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Businessman (uncredited)
Phil Harron ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Timmy Hawkins ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Broder (uncredited)
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Television Technician (uncredited)
Art Howard ...
City Official (uncredited)
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Wrestler (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ...
Television Prompter (uncredited)
Jimmy Lennon Sr. ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Blonde Girl (uncredited)
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City Official (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Editor (uncredited)
Russell Meeker ...
Politician (uncredited)
Fred Miller ...
Labor Leader (uncredited)
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Doctor (uncredited)
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Jenny (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Photographer (uncredited)
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Politician (uncredited)
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First Reporter (uncredited)
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Brooklynite (uncredited)
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Nurse (uncredited)
Frank Pharr ...
Editor (uncredited)
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Television Technician (uncredited)
Francis Pierlot ...
Josephs - Newspaper Editor (uncredited)
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Photographer (uncredited)
Ed Randolph ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Barry Regan ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Secretary (uncredited)
Henry Russell ...
Labor Leader (uncredited)
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Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Jerry Schumacher ...
Newsreel Cameraman (uncredited)
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Photographer (uncredited)
Robert Skelton ...
Reporter (uncredited)
J. Lewis Smith ...
Photographer (uncredited)
Robert Spencer ...
Guard (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ...
Television Sound Technician (uncredited)
Henry Sylvester ...
Butler (uncredited)
Frank Whitbeck ...
Trailer Narrator (uncredited) (voice)
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Secretary (uncredited)
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Pilot (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ...
Photographer (uncredited)
Fred Zendar ...
Photographer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Frank Capra

Written by

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Howard Lindsay ... (play) and
Russel Crouse ... (play)
 
Anthony Veiller ... (screenplay) and
Myles Connolly ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Frank Capra ... producer
Anthony Veiller ... associate producer

Music by

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Victor Young

Cinematography by

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George J. Folsey ... director of photography (as George J. Falsey)

Film Editing by

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William Hornbeck

Art Direction by

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Cedric Gibbons
Urie McCleary

Set Decoration by

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Emile Kuri
Edwin B. Willis ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

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Irene

Makeup Department

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Jack Dawn ... makeup creator
Sydney Guilaroff ... hair styles designer

Production Management

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Arthur S. Black Jr. ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Arthur S. Black Jr. ... assistant director

Sound Department

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Douglas Shearer ... recording director
Conrad Kahn ... sound (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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A. Arnold Gillespie ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Mervin Bradner ... grip (uncredited)
Robert J. Bronner ... camera operator (uncredited)
Jerome Hester ... still photographer (uncredited)

Music Department

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Sidney Cutner ... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Eylla Jacobs ... script supervisor (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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Leland Hayward ... stage producer

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Plot Summary

Kay Thorndyke (Dame Angela Lansbury) loves Grant Matthews (Spencer Tracy) 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 (Katharine Hepburn) condemns corrupt politicians, and Grant learns to speak out even more boldly. Written by Ed Stephan

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Taglines How's the State of the Union? It's GREAT! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Frank Capra's State of the Union (United States)
  • The World and His Wife (United Kingdom)
  • L'enjeu (France)
  • Der beste Mann (Germany)
  • El estado de la Unión (Spain)
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  • 124 min
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Budget $2,600,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Claudette Colbert was originally cast to play Mary Matthews. A few days before production began, Producer and Director Frank Capra fired her from this movie because she refused to work into the evening. Capra then hired Katharine Hepburn after Spencer Tracy suggested her. See more »
Goofs Katharine Hepburn's name is misspelled in the opening credits as "Katherine". This is the result of the original MGM opening credits (MGM was the original theatrical distributor.) being replaced by haphazardly designed replacement credits when MGM's distribution rights expired. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992). See more »
Crazy Credits When this film was reissued, new titles and credits were printed. The original end cast listing was retained, so the cast names which are misspelled in the reissue's opening credits are spelled correctly in the closing cast list. See more »
Quotes Mary Matthews: Oh, that's silly. No woman could ever run for President. She'd have to admit she's over 35.
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