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State of the Union (1948)
by Brendon Hanley review

Another one of director Frank Capra's delightful blends of romantic melodrama and socio-political morality play, State of the Union is one of the most loved of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn's collaborations. Most similar to earlier Capra films, Meet John Doe (1941) and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), State is less idealistic and sentimental than those two classics, thanks to a more complex portrait of its main character. In the lead role, the always-effortless Tracy gets a chance to play against his righteous typecasting: the parallel between his character's questionable political integrity and his faltering marriage is a fascinating one. Hepburn and Angela Lansbury are also very good as, respectively, his wife and his manipulative mistress.