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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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Nominated for 4 Oscars. See more awards »

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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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Comedy

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13 September 1933 (USA)  »

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Beggar's Holiday  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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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Cheesecake: Call it.
Butch: Heads.
Cheesecake: Tails. That makes ME King of Siam.
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Referenced in Miracles - Mr. Canton and Lady Rose (1989) 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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Great early Capra
28 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

this is the film that precedes IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT for the team of Frank Capra (director) and Robert Riskin (screenwriter). Sadly it's not regarded as one of his beloved classics...it deserves to be. William Warren is the perfect Dave the Dude, who's heart of gold aids the distressed aged damsel (May Robson...the titled LADY FOR A DAY). Most of it's innocent charm and humor haven't faded over the 71 years since it's release. Speaking of 70's...at 74 May Robson was the oldest actress to receive a Best Actress nomination.

the scene near the end; where she's received by the real mayor of New York and his party guests at her phony party (meant to show off her "society" friends to her daughter, and future inlaws) is priceless. Miss Robson's quiet, teary eyed smile will still bring the viewer to near tears today. Also, Guy Kibbie, and Ned Sparks provide reliable comic support. a must see for all Capra fans.


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a lot of slow patches, creaks, not one of his best danielj_old999
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