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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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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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A Mulher Miraculosa  »

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Trivia

The play, "Bless You Sister" by John Meehan & Robert Riskin opened in New York on 26 December 1927 and closed in January 1928 after 28 performances. The opening night cast included George Alison, Robert Ames, Charles Bickford, Alice Brady, Dennis Gurney and George Lessey. 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

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

Connections

Featured in Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

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
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once you start watching, it's hard to stop!
9 May 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This was indeed a strange curio from the early 1930s. This film was inspired by Aimee Semple McPherson's traveling evangelistic crusades of the 1920s. At first, Aimee (just like Barbara in the film) seemed sincere and over time, the attraction of fame and riches turned this "crusade" into a sleazy business. While not as cynical and amazing to watch as the later and very similar movie, ELMER GANTRY, this film is very daring to take on the topic of fraudulent faith healers. Given that this is one of Barbara Stanwyck's earliest films, she does an amazing job. The script is engaging as well and Frank Capra shows us that he's an excellent director with great things ahead in his career.

Fascinating throughout and well worth watching.


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