Seen in the nervous season of Trump, Clinton, and Sanders, Capra's election satire still resonates frighteningly as it lays out how the American system squashes American ideals. And if it's still ultimately Capra, it's more satisfying than Mr. Smith because it imagines not a victory, but a struggle. The one-liners work too. "A woman wouldn't run for President," Hepburn guesses. "She'd have to admit she's over 35."
Hampered in every way by the source play. Tracy's corruption happens in a 5 second montage, while reels of film are wasted on superfluous speeches and wasted scenes (i.e. the airplane). Mercifully, Capra saves his usual heavy-handed, cornball mob rousing until the very end, allowing Tracy & Hepburn to have a few honest scenes together along the way.
Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn in their element, helped on by the magic of Frank Capra, during his later period of post-war filmmaking. Hepburn is as fiery as ever, even winning Tracy onto her side more often than she usually does, opposite a positively icy Angela Lansbury.
Such a wonderful combination, such a wonderful film.
ps, 10 points if you spot the wicked witch of the west
Tracy and Hepburn at the most complex. Somewhat similar Capra film to "Meet John Doe" but much more political piece. Politically its biting at times and other instances very idealistic. Very good performances by all actors with a witty screenplay by Myles Connolly & Anthony Veiller based off the 1945 Crouse and Lindsay play with the same name. Van Johnson, Angela Lansbury, and Adolphe Menjou round out the cast.