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A political tale from Frank Capra
on 18 April 2006
This is a story of a rich industrialist (Spencer Tracy) who is persuaded by his mistress and owner of a chain of newspapers (Angela Lansbury) to run for presidency as the republican candidate. However his idealistic wife (Katharine Hepburn) decides to use the little influence she still has over her husband.
The film, like most of Capra's films is a bit too moralistic for my taste, which is only works against it. It isn't as good as "Mr Smith goes to Washington" but it's in the same line. Spencer Tracy is good, Katharine Hepburn isn't as memorable as in most of her films and Adolph Menjou and Van Johnson are quite good supporting characters. But the best of the film is undoubtedly Angela Lansbury. Her scheming character is but a sample of what she would later do so well in "The Manchurian Candidate".
The DVD is presented in a bare bone release with a very nice print. And just out of the trivia bag: the reason why you hear MGM's lion's roar over a black screen is because the film was originally distributed (but not produced) by MGM, but the rights later on change hands and possibly they didn't want to use (couldn't use?) the lion anymore.