State of the Union (MGM 1948, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn)

State of the Union

Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy are ably guided by Capra in fascinating political drama State of the Union that becomes a warm romance. Aircraft manufacturer Tracy takes a run at the presidency, but finds his campaign hindered by what we would call the “character issue.” He’s been separated from wife Hepburn for years, and dallies with newspaper publisher Angela Lansbury. Tracy convinces Hepburn to stand with him during the campaign and the romantic feelings return. But their new affection is threatened by Tracy’s willingness to sacrifice his ideals for political expediency.

Claudette Colbert was cast in the female lead but dropped out due to a contract dispute. Katharine Hepburn, who had been rehearsing the screenplay with Spencer Tracy, stepped into the role on less than 48 hours’ notice.

Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.

Cast: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Adolphe Menjou, Van Johnson. Angela Lansbury, Lewis Stone, Howard Smith. Raymond Walbum, Charles Dingle,

Producer and Director: Frank Capra
Director of Photography: George J. Folsey
Editor: William Hornbeck
Composer: Victor Young
Screenwriters: Myles Connolly, Anthony Veiller
Production Designers: Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary

USA / MGM / 124 minutes / 1948

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