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Lady for a Day (1933)

TV-G | | Comedy | 13 September 1933 (USA)
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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Frank Capra had been loaned to MGM to work on a film called "Soviet" in exchange for $50,000 and Robert Montgomery's participation in this picture. Capra also hoped to get Marie Dressler's services from MGM. After "Soviet" was cancelled as a project, Columbia was unable to get either James Cagney from Warner Bros. or William Powell from MGM for the role of Dave the Dude; they also tried to get W.C. Fields from Paramount to play Judge Blake, but again could not make a deal. See more »

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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 »

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Dave the Dude - 'Dave Manville': If we gotta dig up a husband for Annie, let's to it and get it over with.
Happy McGuire: Yeah, now you gotta dig up a husband for her.
Happy McGuire: [shouting] Where you gonna get a husband just like that?
Dave the Dude - 'Dave Manville': What about YOU, Happy?
Happy McGuire: Me?
Missouri Martin: Oh, that's a swell idea. I think you'd be just precious.
Missouri Martin: That's a wonderful idea; there's one thing stands in the way: I've got a wife that's very fussy. She don't like for me to go around marryin' people! I know how unreasonable that must sound to you, but she's very funny that way.
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Referenced in Miracles - Mr. Canton and Lady Rose (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

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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A beautiful performance
3 December 2006 | by (Victoria, BC, Canada) – See all my reviews

It's not often (especially these days) that a character actor or actress pulls a leading role. This movie rates my 8/10 vote mostly on the strength of the marvelous character performance of May Robson in the central role as Apple Annie, an elderly down-and-out who must somehow preserve the imaginary persona she has built for herself to her daughter, soon to arrive from Paris with a prospective husband in tow. Robson was nominated for an Oscar, as lead, and richly deserved it for her tragicomic characterization.

Frank Capra's excellent direction (also nominated for an Oscar) keeps the plot unfolding with the speed and apparently effortless fluidity so characteristic of the comedies of this period. Capra did not win the Oscar that year, but this film launched his series of feel-good dramas and sparkling comedies that netted him three subsequent Oscars.

But this is far more than a feel-good comedy/drama. It's an excellent movie that stands on its merits outside the genre, with a solid supporting cast. Capra's own remake (Pocketful of Miracles), doesn't meet the standard he himself set here. And although I have tremendous respect for Bette Davis, who played the lead in the remake, it is the difference between a good performance and an exceptional portrayal. Now that I've seen this version, May Robson simply IS Apple Annie.


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