State of the Union

Synopsis: Kay Thordyke loves Grant Matthews 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 condemns corrupt politicians and Grant learns to speak out even more boldly..
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Frank Capra
Production: MGM
124 min

not everybody else.

I'm sorry, Kay, it's just

that you have to show me.

I'm from Missouri.


If you were from Missouri,

you'd have a job

in Washington.

Lay off, Spike.

All right, let's have it, Kay.

Who's your man?

Item one:
born in Nevada.

But there's never been

a western president.

There are Americans

out there, too.

Item two:

sold newspapers,

worked his way through school.

Item three:
good war record.

Partisaned Lafayette

Escadrille WWI,

decorated by

three governments.

Ancient history.

Item four:
started the

two-by-four airplane factory

and ran it into

the biggest thing

in aviation today.

Look at me

when I'm talking to you.

First industrialist to

introduce labor-management

plant administration.

He's never even been

threatened with a strike.

He'd have labor in one pocket,

big business in the other.

Are you interested?

No. What's Horatio Alger

look like?

Women have been crazy

about him all his life,

if that's what you mean.

Well, that lets me out.

And men?

Part owner of a ball club.

Ever run for office?

Not even for dog catcher.

Hates politics.

Then what's given him

this presidential yen?

Oh, he hasn't got it yet.

You're going to

give him that.

On the newsstands tomorrow.

"Our planes have wings

but not our ideas."

You could make him

the next president, Jim.

Kay, I'm not

terribly impressed.

I never am by amateurs.

But if you and Grant Matthews

happen to be in Washington,

and knock on my door

to get out of the rain...

But I have been trying

to make this clear

all afternoon.

I don't want to be

President of

the United States.

Guess the job isn't

big enough for him, boss.

President. Holy smoke.

Why, when I was a kid,

my dad took me on

a two-day trip

just to look at

President Taft.

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Anthony Veiller

Anthony Veiller (23 June 1903 – 27 June 1965) was an American screenwriter and film producer. The son of the screenwriter Bayard Veiller and the English actress Margaret Wycherly, Anthony Veiller wrote for 41 films between 1934 and 1964. more…

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