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Lady for a Day (1933)

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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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Takes its place among the greatest pictures ever made!

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13 September 1933 (USA)  »

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Beggar's Holiday  »

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Radio City Music Hall booked the film's premiere without seeing it, because Frank Capra's The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) had been the theater's first film and they considered the director to be good luck. See more »

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While Dave the Dude's gang waits inside Missouri Martin's nightclub, Happy McGuire and Dave stand outside and are informed of the presence of the cops. Behind them on the left side of the double doors there is a "Closed" sign but the sign is gone when the interior shot has the two entering the club. See more »

Quotes

John the Butler: Whom do you wish to see, sir?
Happy McGuire: Is this Rodney Kent's apartment?
John the Butler: Uh, yes, sir, but he's away...
Happy McGuire: Ah, what gave you the idea I'd give a hang where he is?
John the Butler: Well, I... I assumed...
Happy McGuire: Don't go around assuming so much. It'll get you into trouble.
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Followed by Lady by Choice (1934) See more »

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Santa Lucia
(1849) (uncredited)
Traditional Neapolitan song
Transcribed and published by Teodoro Cottrau (1849)
Played on an accordian by Dad Mills
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One of Capra's very best
26 December 2002 | by (Ottawa) – See all my reviews

This sublime, charming fairy tale, about an old apple seller (the lovely May Robson) who is helped by a gangster named Dave the Dude (Warren William) and his buddies in order to make her rich and respectable for her returning daughter and in-law from Spain, is conceivably Capra's freshest, most underrated classic, perhaps with the exception of "The Bitter Tea of General Yen", which was also released in 1933. While "Bitter Tea" was a commercial flop, "Lady For a Day" proved to be Capra's first big success with the Depression-era audiences and a sign of things to come. A must-see!


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