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The Capra flavor is here, in the paeans to liberty and the American Way, and in the crackling pacing of dialogue scenes. Capra's affection for supporting players is also evident, with standout stuff from Menjou, Van Johnson (as a cynical aide), Lewis Stone, and Raymond Walburn. But the film's roots as a hit play (by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse) are a little too evident, and the film as a whole doesn't feel as bracingly Capraesque as the director's 1930s work. Having said that, the political satire is as relevant today as it was in 1948, although the rapid-fire topical references might be puzzling to non-campaign buffs. Note for bloopers collectors: Hepburn's name is spelled "Katherine" in the opening credits. --Robert Horton
Both Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn give amazing performances.
Hollywood always seems to produce better Presidents and candidates for President than the real world, which is certainly the case with this 1948 Frank Capra film.
That's because a certain president cribbed much of it for his own political ends.
A good Hepburn and Tracy mix, and an interesting and very capable cast of secondary characters make this a particular favorite of mine. Read morePublished 12 days ago by JG Siro
I'm so glad I finally watched this film! Both Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn give amazing performances. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer