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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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(screenplay), (based upon the play "Bless You Sister" by) | 2 more credits »
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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 ...
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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A Mulher Miraculosa  »

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The character Florence Fallon was named Mary MacDonald in the original play. 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

[In the Temple of Happiness.]
Florence: Outside the pulse of the world beats with hate! Hate! But here with you there is a heartbeat of love!
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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

Where Do We Go From Here?
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by Percy Wenrich
Lyrics by Howard Johnson
Played by a band and Sung by Parishioners
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the miracle woman is quite a woman
25 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One critic said he is not a Frank Capra fan. He probably dislikes July 4, Christmas and Easter. This may not be a typical Capra offering but one thing it has in common with his other works is - quality.

From top to bottom,"The Miracle Woman" is thoroughly engrossing. And, it is fascinating to realize that this oldie is up-to-date - phony evangelists with plants in the audience, working their 'fans' into a frenzy, getting as rich as Midas, etc., etc. Unfortunately, some things never change.

One thing unchanged over the years is Stanwyck. Whether doing comedy or involved in drama she puts most other actresses of yesterday and today in the shade.

Her every speech, movement, expression is always right on the mark,and she is at her best as a manipulated evangelist who manipulates others.

She melts when she meets a blind aviator, a role nicely played by David Manners, but Sam Hardy is the scene stealer as the con man who sets her up for the kill. Chomping his cigar and scowling at the world he is, as was meant to be, pretty damned hateful.

Also, kudos to character actress Beryl Mercer as Manners' landlady/friend.

The opening scene, wherein Stanwyck gives the parishioners hell - literally - sets the pace with vigor, a pace that never lets up.

"The Miracle Woman" is a must-see for both content, performances, and direction.


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