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The Miracle Woman (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 7 August 1931 (USA)
After Florence Fallon's father dies unappreciated in the church where he preached for many years, she becomes embittered and loses faith. She teams up with Horsby, a con man, and performs ... See full summary »

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(as Frank R. Capra)

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(screenplay), (based upon the play "Bless You Sister" by) | 2 more credits »
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John Carson
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Bob Hornsby
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Mrs. Higgins
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Bill Welford
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Simpson
Eddie Boland ...
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Thelma Hill ...
Gussie
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After Florence Fallon's father dies unappreciated in the church where he preached for many years, she becomes embittered and loses faith. She teams up with Horsby, a con man, and performs fake miracles for profit. But the love and trust of a blind man restores her faith in God and her fellow man. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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7 August 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Mulher Miraculosa  »

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(Western Electric System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Florence Fallon was largely based on the popular evangelist preacher Aimee Semple McPherson, whom some people nicknamed "the miracle woman" because of her supposed healing powers. See more »

Goofs

As Florence starts chasing members of the congregation out of the church at the beginning of the film, members of the choir can be seen getting up and walking forward in the direction of the isle (note the young blond woman in the black dress who is first in line). When the scene cuts to a close-up on Florence moving down the isle, we see the choir members still seated in their places. They then get up and file out in the same direction as in the previous shot. See more »

Quotes

Hornsby: Religion is great if you can sell it, no good if you give it away.
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Crazy Credits

"The Miracle Woman" is offered as a rebuke to anyone who, under the cloak of Religion, seeks to sell for gold, God's choicest gift to Humanity ---- FAITH. See more »

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Featured in Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Over There
(1917) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by George M. Cohan
Played by a band and Sung by Parishioners
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Darkly Luminous
23 October 2003 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This gorgeous film is a bit too dark and too harsh on sister Aimee, but it is riveting throughout, and the best Stanwyck movie I have seen. Her acting is so much subtler than in later years. In the final scene she is absolutely ravishing. Fascinating characters, plot, cinematography, with just the right dash of nastiness. They really don't make them like this anymore. The big mystery is where, when and how did cinema learn its craft so early, and why did it lose it sometime in the fifties. Today's movies just cannot compare with this artistry. Today's movies don't look like movies at all. They rather look like documentaries about movie-making. Roll camera is the only special effect they seem know.


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