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The Miracle Woman (1931)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  7 August 1931 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Florence Fallon
David Manners ...
John Carson
Sam Hardy ...
Bob Hornsby
Beryl Mercer ...
Mrs. Higgins
Russell Hopton ...
Bill Welford
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Simpson
Eddie Boland ...
Collins
Thelma Hill ...
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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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Drama | Romance

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7 August 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Mulher Miraculosa  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In a pure "pre-code" moment, we see sister Fallon's chauffeur, Lou, give Horsby "the finger" (out of Horsby's sight) immediately after Horsby warns him about what he must do to keep his job. This scene surely would have been nixed by the Hays Office had the movie been made after 1934. See more »

Goofs

When Mrs. Higgings rushes into the dressing room to tell Florence about the 'miracle,' the shadow of the boom mic can be spotted falling across her arm. See more »

Quotes

Hornsby: You think you beat those people, don't you? Well you didn't. There's only one way to lick a mob, sister, join them. You're not a hypocrite if you admit it. Most of the trouble in this world comes from people who have beliefs. The answer is: don't have any! If you have none, you can assume the ones that happen to pay.
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Crazy Credits

"Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep's clothing..... Mat. VIII, 15. See more »

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

Soundtracks

The Farmer in the Dell
(uncredited)
Traditional song (published 1820)
Sung a bit by Barbara Stanwyck and David Manners
Also played by a music box
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Just great...and still topical
19 July 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Barbra Stanwyck plays a phony evangelist named Florence 'Faith' Fallon. She's sick of preaching the Gospel and "curing" supposedly ill people (they're workers for her), but her unscrupulous boss (Sam Hardy) convinces her to keep on doing it. Then she meets a kind, blind man (David Manners) and falls in love. He loves her too and wants to be with her. But her manager won't let her go....

Still strong drama was (surprisingly) a bomb in its day. It's now considered one of the best movies of the 1930s. Stanwyck is just superb--you feel her pain over lying to people for money and her love for Manners. Even Manners (usually pretty bad) is very good. He's tall, very handsome and totally believable. You're really rooting for him and Stanwyck.

Sadly, this film is still very up to the minute. There are plenty of fake evangelists still at work taking money from good, religious people. It's kind of sad that a movie over 70 years old still mirrors problems that we have today.

Well worth seeing--maybe Manners best performance.


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