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 ...
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Socially-conscious banker Thomas Dickson faces a crisis when his protégé is wrongly accused for robbing the bank, gossip of the robbery starts a bank run, and evidence suggests Dickson's wife had an affair...all in the same day.
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
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The character of Florence Fallon was largely based on popular evangelist preacher Aimee Semple McPherson. Some people nicknamed her "the miracle woman" because of her supposed healing powers, but others derided her as a fraud and con artist, saying she never "cured" anyone and was just using the pulpit to make money. See more »
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 »
Battle Hymn of the Republic
(circa 1856) (uncredited)
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1862)
In the score during the opening credits
Reprised at several revival meetings
Played by a band and sung at the end See more »
My favorite early film. Capra has proved to me to be even more groundbreaking than Welles. Stanwyck is great, as is the rest of the cast. I should not spoil the plot with a review. It's not a long or in depth movie, but is simple and brilliant in it's own ways. Before the clichés of the greedy villains were die cast, this movie's star is a gray character with faults and worthiness of her own. Before it was acceptable to be intelligent, this movie redefined the entire film world quietly, and is hardly known by todays movie goers. TCM shows this movie sometimes- look for it. If you don't get TCM, rent it, you can't go wrong.
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