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How's the State of the Union? It's GREAT!Apr. 30, 1948124 Min.
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#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: An industrialist is urged to run for President, but this requires uncomfortable compromises on both political and marital levels.
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A Masterful Chemistry Class
Politics then and now, what’s the difference? “People are beginning to think that there is no difference between the Republican and the Democratic party” Sounds familiar? Special interests groups, lobbyists, mercenaries and somewhere in the middle of it all Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, projecting the hopes of all well meaning Americans, or earthlings in general for that matter. The chemistry between Tracy and Hepburn is so all consuming that whatever we see them do or hear them say we believe, we believe totally. As if this was not enough, Adelph Menjou gives his character a truth that is as relevant and uncomfortable as it is entertaining. But the crowning jewel of this wonderful film is Angela Lansbury – she was barely 20 years old when she made this movie and look at her, just look at her. Not merely holding her own with seasoned stars like Tracy and Hepburn but at times, overshadowing them. This is considered a minor Capra, I just say, you must be kidding.
Review By: janiceferrero Rating: 9 Date: 2007-08-12
Mr. Smith Tries to Go to Washington – and hits the rocks. Or, what would have happened if Willkie had allowed himself to be corrupted
This may be Frank Capra’s next movie after *It’s a Wonderful Life*, but it bears no resemblance to that sentimental feature. Rather, it is a deeply cynical follow-up to *Mr. Smith Goes to Washington*. The politicians are even more corrupt and disdainful of the common man/voter. They are even more sure that they can manipulate voters, who are repeatedly condemned for being too lazy to vote in the primaries – of which there were far fewer in 1948. There is not just one Edward Arnold character this time, they are everywhere, all convinced that they can manipulate their part of the American voting public.

This gets hard to watch at times. Anyone who says that Capra only made sentimental movies clearly never saw this one. And whereas the male lead in *Mr. Smith* is not pulled down into that filth, the male lead in this movie succumbs to it at one point. That’s Spencer Tracy, and it’s not fun to see him sink so low – though he gives a truly magnificent portrayal here.

There is a lot first-rate acting here, especially by Lansbury, in a role that foreshadows her appearance in The Manchurian Candidate as a would-be kingmaker , Hepburn, and Johnson – in fact, this is probably the finest acting I’ve seen from Van Johnson, who usually wasn’t called on to act.

It’s sometimes painful to see American politics depicted so cynically, even if it seems very much on the mark today.


I wrote the above in 2019, before I realized that the play on which this movie was based, and therefore this movie itself, are a sort of extrapolation on how corrupt politics could have dragged into the mud one of the truly remarkable American politicians of the 20th century, Wendell Willkie. Matthews/Tracy’s second speech, in the hotel room at the dinner table with Hepburn and Menjou, summarizes Willkie’s uncommon universalist view of the role of government in uniting not just all Americans, but finally all the peoples of the world. (Willkie’s book on this subject was titled *One World*.) Matthews is from a town named Glenwood; Willkie from Elwood, IN. (At least in this movie. Glenwood is not mentioned in the Broadway play, of which more below.) Willkie, like Matthews, had a long-standing extra-marital affair with an intelligent woman, Irita van Doren, who helped him polish his written work. In the movie she is conflated with the head of a publishing empire, who in real life was Henry Luce, the publisher of Time, Life, and Fortune, a strong Willkie backer from early on.

After that hamburger dinner in the hotel, however, Matthews, unlike Willkie in real life, diverges from his ideals and starts to sell out to special interest groups because he thinks that that is the only way he can get the Republican nomination against Dewey, Taft, Vandenberg, and Stassen. (He sinks much lower in the movie than in the play. The scene on the airplane where Matthews/Tracy is won over by Menjou and the messages from party hacks is new with the movie.) Willkie, to his credit, did not sell out, but was pushed out of the 1944 race for the Republican nomination by the other three, who did not share his progressive and internationalist ideals.

As a result, this movie, even more so than Tracy and Hepburn’s previous *Woman of the Year*, can be watched in two very different ways. You can either watch it as audiences would have seen it in 1948, as a riff on Willkie and what corrupt politics could have done to even so idealistic a candidate. Or you can watch it with no knowledge of its historical references, as a sometimes funny but often deeply cynical political comedy.

Like *Mr. Smith Goes to Washington*, this cynical depiction of national politics clears everything up at the end in just a few minutes, with Matthews’/Tracy’s third, magnificent speech, almost as magnificent as James Stewart’s astounding delivery of the protagonist’s filibuster at the end of *Mr. Smith Goes to Washington*. In both cases, the quick turn for the better comes off as unrealistic. Quite intentionally so, I suspect. If Capra made this movie several years after *Mr. Smith*, it was because he didn’t believe Washington politics had gotten any better.

The saddest thing about this movie is that Matthews’/Tracy’s final speech, though dating from the late 1940s, sounds as if it could have been delivered in 2020. Capra was right: we don’t learn from our mistakes and our politicians don’t get any better.


This movie so intrigued me that I decided to read the play, which was a big hit on Broadway just two years before. A comparison of the two is all to the advantage of the movie, which makes the following changes:

1. The first two acts of the play, up to the final scenes in the Matthew household where Grant/Tracy meets the various political figures, are carried over often verbatim from the play. Scenes are added, like those in the airplane, to create variety. The scene where Mary makes up Grant’s bed on the floor after discovering that he had seen Kay is more developed in the movie, more romantic with all the dialogue after the two get in their separate beds. It makes Mary’s character more sympathetic. She is not all that sympathetic in the play. In general the movie follows the play, however, but makes Mary more likable and Kay nastier but also more active in the political shenanigans. (The scene where Kay plants her glasses next to Grant’s bed is added to make her look more calculating, for instance.) Grant’s Willkie-like speech about one world in the hotel room over hamburgers is developed further in the movie.

2. The last act, the scenes around the radio/tv broadcast from the Matthews home, is new with the movie, and a big improvement over the play. Some of the material is adapted from the play, but the connivers are made to look far more evil. Some is a recollection of the broadcast scene in *The Man who came to Dinner* (1942). Mary makes more of a fool of herself in the play, but we only hear about it. Grant’s final speech in the play, though truly inspiring, would have lost its impact after 1946 and definitely after Truman’s election in 1948, by which time the United Nations had begun to function, Italy was a democracy, and Europe had settled down somewhat. The play makes it much clearer that there are corrupt politicians in both parties. The movie seems more pro-Democrat.

Review By: richard-1787 Rating: 10 Date: 2019-11-24

Other Information:

Original Title State of the Union
Release Date 1948-04-30
Release Year 1948

Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 4 min (124 min)
Budget 2600000
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated Approved
Genre Comedy, Drama
Director Frank Capra
Writer Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse, Anthony Veiller
Actors Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Van Johnson
Country United States
Awards N/A
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Camera N/A
Laboratory N/A
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm

State of the Union 1948 123movies
Original title State of the Union
TMDb Rating 6.7 39 votes

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