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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
Van Johnson ... 'Spike' McManus
Angela Lansbury ... Kay Thorndyke
Adolphe Menjou ... Jim Conover
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
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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:

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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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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

In the unedited version of the movie where Grant Mathews is standing outside the White House and listening to the little bookish fellow speak about all the great people of history whose spirit lives in the White House, he also lists Mohammad (founder of Islam). In the version broadcast on Turner Classic Movies (TCM), Mohammad's name is edited out, probably done when the film was reissued and new title and credit titles were printed (including three misspelled names). See more »

Goofs

At approximately 1:09:20, a newspaper article is shown with the caption MATTHEWS OBVIOUS PRESIDENTIAL TIMBER. The first two paragraphs are pertinent to the story. After that, there are parts of several different stories, with partial sentences in the rest of the article. See more »

Quotes

Mary Matthews: You politicians have stayed professionals only because the voters have remained amateurs.
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Crazy Credits

When this film was reissued new titles and credits were printed. Adolphe Menjou's name is misspelled in the reissue's opening credits (as Adolph Menjou). 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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