Lady for a Day (1933)

TV-G  |   |  Comedy  |  13 September 1933 (USA)
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A gangster tries to make Apple Annie, the Times Square apple seller, a lady for a day.



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Apple Annie is an indigent woman who has always written to her daughter in Spain that she is a member of New York's high society. With her daughter suddenly en route to America with her new fiancé and his father, a member of Spain's aristocracy, Annie must continue her pretense of wealth or the count will not give his blessing. She gets unexpected help from Dave the Dude, a well-known figure in underground circles who considers Annie his good luck charm, and who obtains for her a luxury apartment to entertain the visitors - but this uncharacteristic act of kindness from a man with a disreputable reputation arouses suspicions, leading to complications which further cause things to not always go quite as planned. Written by Paul Donahue

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Release Date:

13 September 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beggar's Holiday  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 1, 1939, with May Robson, Warren William, Jean Parker and Guy Kibbee reprising their film roles. See more »


The position of the pool/billiard balls changes between shots in both the pool hall scene and the billiard room scene (obviously to set up the trick shots that follow). See more »


Shakespeare: Hey, Dude, you mind if I have an idea?
Dave the Dude - 'Dave Manville': Yeah?
Shakespeare: Well, this here society friend of yours, uh... Rodney Kent, he's got an apartment at The Marberry...
Dave the Dude - 'Dave Manville': He has, so what about it? What about it? Can you picture me goin' to Rodney Kent and sayin' "Lend me your apartment for Apple Annie?" He'd throw me out on my ear.
Shakespeare: Huh. That's just what I was gonna say. He'd throw you out on your ear.
Dave the Dude - 'Dave Manville': Shut up abut it, then!
Shakespeare: I was just gonna do that.
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The Prisoner's Song (If I Had the Wings of an Angel)
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Guy Massey
Whistled by Ned Sparks three times
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"Ask them if they believe in fairy tales."
5 July 2002 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

Almost 70 years on, this film is as fresh as ever, with brilliant performances, great dialogue, and an irresistible story, even if you don't believe in fairy tales. Watch out for the butler's line, addressing Happy MacGuire, who talks in the not-so-grammatically-correct mob-lingo of the 1930s: "If I had a choice of weapon with you, Sir, I'd choose grammar." Definitely a must see!

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