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Encyclopedia > State of the Union (film)
State of the Union
Directed by Frank Capra
Produced by Frank Capra
Anthony Veiller
Written by Russel Crouse
Howard Lindsay (play)
Myles Connolly
Anthony Veiller (screenplay)
Starring Spencer Tracy
Katharine Hepburn
Music by Victor Young
Cinematography George Folsey
Editing by William W. Hornbeck
Distributed by MGM
Released April 30, 1948
Running time 111 min.
Language English
IMDb profile

State of the Union is a 1946 Pulitzer Prize winning play by Russel Crouse and Howard Lindsay, which was adapted into a 1948 film directed by Frank Capra. The film, which starred Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, was Capra's first and only project for MGM Pictures. Its screenplay was written by Myles Connolly and Anthony Veiller. The screenplay deviated most from the play in its absence of the play's sardonic wit and more controversial themes. Image File history File links Sotu1948. ... Frank Capra (May 18, 1897 – September 3, 1991) was an Italian-American film director and a major creative force behind a number of highly popular films. ... Frank Capra (May 18, 1897 – September 3, 1991) was an Italian-American film director and a major creative force behind a number of highly popular films. ... Russel Crouse (1893 - 1966) was a U.S. dramatist and journalist. ... Howard Lindsay (March 29, 1888 - February 11, 1968) was a Broadway producer, playwright, librettist, director and actor, best known for his writing work as part of the collaboration of Lindsay and Crouse, and for his performance, with his wife Dorothy Stickney, in the long-running play Life with Father. ... Spencer Tracy (April 5, 1900 – June 10, 1967) was a two-time Academy Award-winning American film actor who appeared in 74 films from 1930 to 1967. ... Hepburn, in a publicity shot for Song of Love Katharine Houghton Hepburn (May 12, 1907 – June 29, 2003) was an iconic four-time Academy Award-winning American star of film, television and stage, widely recognized for her sharp wit, New England gentility and fierce independence. ... Victor Young (August 8, 1900 - November 10, 1956) was an Jewish-American composer, violinist and conducter. ... For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ... April 30 is the 120th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (121st in leap years), with 245 days remaining. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... The Pulitzer Prize for Drama was first awarded in 1918. ... Russel Crouse (1893 - 1966) was a U.S. dramatist and journalist. ... Howard Lindsay (March 29, 1888 - February 11, 1968) was a Broadway producer, playwright, librettist, director and actor, best known for his writing work as part of the collaboration of Lindsay and Crouse, and for his performance, with his wife Dorothy Stickney, in the long-running play Life with Father. ... See also: 1947 in film 1948 1949 in film 1940s in film years in film film // Events Top grossing films North America The Red Shoes, (55th in year of release, lifetime box office would place it in first) The Road to Rio Easter Parade Red River The Three Musketeers, Johnny... Frank Capra (May 18, 1897 – September 3, 1991) was an Italian-American film director and a major creative force behind a number of highly popular films. ... Spencer Tracy (April 5, 1900 – June 10, 1967) was a two-time Academy Award-winning American film actor who appeared in 74 films from 1930 to 1967. ... Hepburn, in a publicity shot for Song of Love Katharine Houghton Hepburn (May 12, 1907 – June 29, 2003) was an iconic four-time Academy Award-winning American star of film, television and stage, widely recognized for her sharp wit, New England gentility and fierce independence. ... For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ...


A co-production of Frank Capra's own company and MGM, Capra bought the film after its initial theatrical release. It has since had limited availability on home video and is currently unavailable on VHS and DVD formats. The home video business rents and sells videocassettes and DVDs to the public. ... Top view VHS cassette with U.S. 25c coin for scale Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS or simply as Video, is a recording and playing standard for video cassette recorders (VCRs), developed by JVC (with some... DVD-R writing/reading side DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc, Digital Viewing Device, or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ...


Plot

Upon the urgings of newspaper manager Kay Thorndyke (Angela Lansbury), aircraft tycoon Grant Matthews (Spencer Tracy) campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Before embarking on his journey, he reunites with estranged Mary (Katharine Hepburn) at the urging of campaign manager Spike McManus (Van Johnson). Despite knowing that her husband and Thorndyke are having an affair, Mary puts up the front of a loving wife because she knows he has solid values. After her husband sacrifices his values for votes, Mary questions her actions and her belief in her husband. But when Grant realizes what this is doing to Mary, he denounces his political backers as phonies on live radio, and declares that he will run for office honestly. Grant and Mary are reconciled. Lansbury on the cover of a book based on her character in the TV series, Murder, She Wrote Angela Brigid Lansbury, CBE (born October 16, 1925) is an Oscar-nominated English-American actress. ... Spencer Tracy (April 5, 1900 – June 10, 1967) was a two-time Academy Award-winning American film actor who appeared in 74 films from 1930 to 1967. ... Van Johnson Van Johnson (born Charles Van Johnson on August 25, 1916, in Newport, Rhode Island) is an American film and television actor. ...


Cast

Film Role Play
Spencer Tracy Grant Matthews Ralph Bellamy
Katharine Hepburn Mary Matthews Ruth Hussey
Van Johnson Spike McManus Myron McCormick
Angela Lansbury Kay Thorndyke Margalo Gillmore
Adolphe Menjou Jim Conover Minor Watson
Lewis Stone Sam Thorndyke not featured
Howard Smith Sam I. Parrish Herbert Heyes
Charles Dingle Bill Noland Hardy Victor Sutherland
Maidel Turner Lulubelle Alexander Maidel Turner
Raymond Walburn Judge Alexander G. Albert Smith
Margaret Hamilton Norah Helen Ray
Art Baker Radio Announcer not featured
Florence Auer Grace Orval Draper Aline McDermott
Irving Bacon Buck Swanson not featured

Spencer Tracy (April 5, 1900 – June 10, 1967) was a two-time Academy Award-winning American film actor who appeared in 74 films from 1930 to 1967. ... Ralph Bellamy Ralph Bellamy (June 17, 1904 - November 29, 1991) was an American actor. ... Hepburn, in a publicity shot for Song of Love Katharine Houghton Hepburn (May 12, 1907 – June 29, 2003) was an iconic four-time Academy Award-winning American star of film, television and stage, widely recognized for her sharp wit, New England gentility and fierce independence. ... Ruth Carol Hussey (October 30, 1911 – April 19, 2005) was an actress born in Providence, Rhode Island. ... Van Johnson Van Johnson (born Charles Van Johnson on August 25, 1916, in Newport, Rhode Island) is an American film and television actor. ... Lansbury on the cover of a book based on her character in the TV series, Murder, She Wrote Angela Brigid Lansbury, CBE (born October 16, 1925) is an Oscar-nominated English-American actress. ... Marglo Gillmore (b. ... Adolphe Menjou Adolphe Jean Menjou (February 18, 1890 – October 29, 1963) was an American actor of French and Irish descent. ... Lewis Shepard Stone (November 15, 1879 - September 12, 1953) was an American actor. ... Victor Sutherland (February 28, 1889 - August 29, 1968) was an American actor. ... Margaret Hamilton in The Wizard of Oz (1939) Margaret Hamilton (December 9, 1902 – May 16, 1985) was an American film actress. ... Art Baker (January 7, 1898 - August 26, 1966) was a film, television and radio actor of the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. ... Irving Bacon (September 6, 1893 - February 5, 1965) was a film character actor with over 400 film roles. ...

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