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State of the Union (1948) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Frank Capra and produced by Frank Capra and Anthony Veiller.

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THE VAN JOHNSON BLOGATHON: State of the Union (1948)

on Aug 25, 2017 From Caftan Woman

Michaela of Love Letters to Old Hollywood is hosting The Van Johnson Blogathon running from August 25 to 27. Click HERE for all the contributions on the popular and versatile actor. Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy The couple above are Mary and Grant Mitchell, and they are preparing for ... Read full article


THE VAN JOHNSON BLOGATHON: State of the Union (1948)

By Caftan Woman on Aug 25, 2017 From Caftan Woman

Michaela of Love Letters to Old Hollywood is hosting The Van Johnson Blogathon running from August 25 to 27. Click HERE for all the contributions on the popular and versatile actor. Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy The couple above are Mary and Grant Mitchell, and they are preparing for ... Read full article


STATE OF THE UNION ( 1948 )

By Crystal Kalyana on Aug 24, 2015 From In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood

KATHARINE HEPBURN MONTH STATE OF THE UNION ( 1948 ) Frank Capra is one of the most influential directors the world has ever seen. During the annals of his career he has produced a myriad of triumphant classics and major award winning films that have garnered him a multitude of accolades and critical... Read full article


State of the Union (1948)

By Beatrice on Apr 8, 2015 From Flickers in Time

State of the Union Directed by Frank Capra Written by Anthony Vieller and Myles Connolly from a play by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse 1948/USA Liberty Films First viewing/Netflix rental Mary Matthews: That’s a heck of a thing to call a woman! Trailer... Read full article


State of the Union: the Wish Fulfillment Edition

By Judy on May 12, 2014 From Cary Grant Won't Eat You

This post is part of The Great Katharine Hepburn blogathon. Be sure to check out the other entries! The political satire in 1948?s State of the Union feels disturbingly fresh. Replace a phrase or two, and presidential nominee Grant Matthews? (Spencer Tracy?s) speeches on the ?working man? could fit ... Read full article


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


Jim Conover: ...the most beautiful plank in your husband's platform.
Mary Matthews: That's a heck of a thing to call a woman!


Mary Matthews: Another thing - he used to hate to hear me swear. Whenever I'd let with something, he'd smack me on my sitter, hard. I've done a lot of swearing on this trip.
Jim Conover: And no smacks?
Mary Matthews: It's a small request, but I'd give anything for a good smack on my south end.
Jim Conover: I wish there was something I could do about that.


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Originally distributed by MGM, rights later reverted to its production company, Liberty Films. The opening was altered to black out the MGM logo (although Leo the Lion's roar can still be heard). The film then continues with the "Liberty Films Presents" logo.
Claudette Colbert was originally cast to play Mary. Days before production began, Frank Capra fired her from the film because she refused to work into the evening. Capra then hired Katharine Hepburn after Spencer Tracy suggested her.
Frank Capra originally wanted Clark Gable to play Grant Mathews so that he and Claudette Colbert could be reunited after their enormous success in It Happened One Night, also directed by Capra.
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