CAST

Spencer Tracy
Katharine Hepburn
Angela Lansbury
Van Johnson
Adolphe Menjou
Lewis Stone
Howard Smith
Charles Dingle
Maidel Turner
DIRECTED BY

Frank Capra
PURCHASE

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"Oh, that's silly. No woman could ever run for President. She'd have to admit she's over 35."
Time: 124 mins.
Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Drama/Romance/Politics
CAPSULE REVIEW –– The main problem with this Hepburn/Tracy pairing is not enough Tracy with Hepburn. The film itself is an intriguing look at the underhanded dealings and compromises needed to succeed on the road to the White House. Though over 50 years old, the film is probably just as accurate a portrait of campaigning today as it was then. Tracy stars as our candidate, a self-made businessman with high ideals who falls under the spell of presidential promise. Pushing him into the White House is his mistress, played by the icy and ruthless Lansbury, a newspaper magnate with dreams of political power and personal revenge. Hepburn enters the picture as Tracy's disillusioned wife, who joins the campaign bandwagon because she believes he'd be a great president despite his woeful track record on the home front. Lansbury and friends, Menjou and Johnson, believe they have their dark horse under their thumb, but they underestimate how the love and attention of his honest and intelligent wife will change their candidate. The film becomes a tug of war for Tracy's affection and his soul, as he lets his ambitions override his ideals. Great performances and a well-written script are somewhat ruined by slow pacing and an abundance of politicking. Those not interested in the workings of the government machine need not apply.