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State of the Union

A wheezy populist parable (1948) from Frank Capra's declining years. Spencer Tracy is running for national office, playing along with a group of questionable backers (led by Angela Lansbury) until wife Katharine Hepburn convinces him to stand up for his principles. The public humiliation scene—always an integral part of Capra's comedies—seems unusually sadistic this time, and most of the gags are drowned by the pompous political sermonizing. A footnote to the Hepburn-Tracy myth, better left to the hard core. 124 min.

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