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The Miracle Woman (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 20 July 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 and dialogue), (based upon the play "Bless You Sister" by) | 2 more credits »
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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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The photograph of Florence's father appears to be that of Paul Weigel. 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 »

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Hornsby: You think you beat those people out there just now, don't you? Well you didn't. They beat you. Listen, there's only one way to lick a mob, join 'em. Now, wait a minute, sister. Let me finish. You're not a hypocrite if you admit it. The thing is, being on the winning side. Play percentage. Most of the trouble in this world comes from people who have convictions. The answer is: don't have any! If you have none, you can assume the ones that happen to pay. You're sore at those people out there, ...
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"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 Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) See more »

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Onward Christian Soldiers
(1871) (uncredited)
Music by Arthur Sullivan (1871)
Lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould (1865)
Played by the band at a revival meeting
Reprised during the fire and sung by all
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A Capra and Stanwyck Tour de Force
31 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

A preacher is tired of not getting through to his parishioners, and they are tired of him. When he is asked to leave and tries to make his final sermon, he falls ill and is unable to. Daughter Barbara Stanwyck gets behind the pulpit and tells the church they never appreciated her father and tells them off. An out-of-towner, who's a chiseler of some kind and who was passing through, was in the church and heard her. He persuades her to preach. ('Cause she has the talent for it, he says. And, that'll show these people.) She becomes a faith healer, spouting the words and claiming to heal people, of whom this guy pays to act sick and volunteer to "be cured." Enter David Manners, who really is blind and who stands up out of pure devotion to God and the Word. He doesn't get cured but only gets closer to Babs. But that's not what's center stage, as director Frank Capra throws at us a very personal film about faith and our relationship with God. Stanwyck tires of the scam and the plot plays out like something out of today's films, very dramatically and with a Judgment Day touch to it. I was very impressed with everything about this movie, with Stanwyck as usual, with Manners who is probably given his best movie role here, and with the whole presentation and treatment of the subject matter which doesn't talk down to the viewer and take lightly of the situations. The viewer is immersed in her world completely. Kudos to Frank Capra, who probably made his most adult film here, with the exception of The Bitter Tea of General Yen, also with Stanwyck. Miss this and you miss Capra and Stanwyck at their best.


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