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Robert Riskin (screen play and dialogue)
Damon Runyon (from the story by)
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Release Date:
13 September 1933 (USA) See more »
Takes its place among the greatest pictures ever made!
A gangster tries to make Apple Annie, the Times Square apple seller, a lady for a day. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. See more »
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Solid performances, solid script, some beautiful touches See more (30 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Warren William ... Dave the Dude

May Robson ... Apple Annie

Guy Kibbee ... Judge Blake

Glenda Farrell ... Missouri Martin

Ned Sparks ... Happy

Walter Connolly ... Count Romero

Jean Parker ... Louise

Nat Pendleton ... Shakespeare

Barry Norton ... Carlos
Halliwell Hobbes ... Butler

Hobart Bosworth ... Governor
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Inspector
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ernie Adams ... Reception Guest (uncredited)

Irving Bacon ... Pool Hall Dupe (uncredited)

Ward Bond ... Mounted Policeman (uncredited)
Joe Bordeaux ... Reception Guest (uncredited)
Harry C. Bradley ... Lloyd - Hotel Mail Clerk (uncredited)
Raymond Brown ... Seated Man in Mayor's Office (uncredited)

Charles A. Browne ... Society Reporter (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... Commissioner (uncredited)
George Cooper ... Cheesecake (uncredited)
Sidney D'Albrook ... Louis the Lug - Reception Guest (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Frank Fanning ... Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Julia Griffith ... Dowager in Mayor's Entourage (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Ship News Reporter (uncredited)

Chuck Hamilton ... Detective (uncredited)
Forrester Harvey ... Oscar - Hotel Employee with Letter (uncredited)
Samuel S. Hinds ... Mayor (uncredited)
Frank Holliday ... Second Detective (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Flower Peddler (uncredited)
Lew Kelly ... Harry the Horse - Reception Guest (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Man in Mayor's Office (uncredited)

Bob Kortman ... Reception Guest (uncredited)

Marc Lawrence ... Nick - Mug at Reception (uncredited)
Edward LeSaint ... Police Capt. Moore (uncredited)

Tom London ... Reception Guest (uncredited)
Charles McAvoy ... Detective (uncredited)
Dad Mills ... Blind Man (uncredited)
Miki Morita ... Dave the Dude's Butler (uncredited)
John Northpole ... Reception Guest (uncredited)
Ky Robinson ... First Detective (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... The Greek - 'Fly on Sugar' Winner (uncredited)
Shorty ... Legless Man (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Butch - Mug at Reception (uncredited)
Emma Tansey ... Annie's Upstairs Neighbor (uncredited)

Harry Tenbrook ... Reception Guest (uncredited)
Leo White ... Pierre (uncredited)

Blackie Whiteford ... Mex - Reception Guest (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
William Worthington ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Capra 
Writing credits
Robert Riskin (screen play and dialogue)

Damon Runyon (from the story by)

Produced by
Harry Cohn .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Howard Jackson (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker (photography)
Film Editing by
Gene Havlick (film editor)
Art Direction by
Stephen Goosson (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Robert Kalloch (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
George Rhein .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Edward Bernds .... sound (uncredited)
Irving 'Buster' Libbott .... assistant sound recording engineer (uncredited)
Jack Wiler .... sound truck driver/sound maintenance (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
André Barlatier .... camera operator (uncredited)
William Fraker Jr. .... still photographer (uncredited)
George Hager .... chief electrician (uncredited)
George F. Kelley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
James Lloyd .... grip (uncredited)
Michael Walsh .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Charles Nelson .... editorial assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... musical director (as Bakaleinikoff)
Other crew
Harry Cohn .... president: Columbia Pictures Corp.
George Brown .... general press agent (uncredited)
Lester Cowan .... assistant: Mr. Cohn (uncredited)
Stanley Kramer .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Argentina:Atp | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #1326-R: 29 August 1935 for re-release) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

At this point Columbia Pictures was still a "Poverty Row" operation with studio chief Harry Cohn adamant against hiring actors under long-term contracts. The cast of this film was largely obtained on loan from Warner Brothers' pool of talented character actors. Warren William was at the peak of his career and being loaned out to lowly Columbia was meant to humble any thoughts of greater salary demands. Although his career would wane in the mid-'30s, this film was a big hit.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Dave the Dude - 'Dave Manville':I got it, I got just the one! Judge Henry G. Blake!
Missouri Martin:Who's he?
Dave the Dude - 'Dave Manville':For a proposition like this we got to have a guy who talks classy don't we? Well Judge Blake is the classiest talker in town!
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Solid performances, solid script, some beautiful touches, 26 February 2006
Author: diana-2 from United States

Others have said it all! However, check out the beautiful love scene photographed through a glass fountain. Absolutely GORGEOUS! Solid performances from the stars right down to the supporting actors. I think we hardly ever see great supporting actors like these any more.

Frank Capra wrote about this movie in his autobiography, apparently one of his first hits, using the recipe of lesser-known actors, a great scriptwriter, and a low budget. He relies heavily on the great supporting actors available to him and gave them all a Runyon-esquire quality which never fails to please. They are all just great! Check this movie out! It gets better every time I see it!

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A bettere version jnlife
I'm confused by the ending (SPOILER) DonnaLevin
a lot of slow patches, creaks, not one of his best danielj_old999
Felt sorry for Oscar, fired hotel man who helped Annie luverofmovies
Hey Help! This isn't a Warner Bros. picture?? bettiegia
Re: Happy McGuire batgirlmonkey
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