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Lady for a Day (1933)

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

Director:

Frank Capra

Writers:

Robert Riskin (screen play and dialogue), Damon Runyon (from the story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
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Storyline

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!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 September 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beggar's Holiday See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lady by Choice (1934) is not a sequel although May Robson plays a similar character. See more »

Goofs

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

Apple Annie: Aw, pull up your chin, Happy. You're liable to step on it.
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Connections

Referenced in Paris (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Overture Blues
(uncredited)
Music by C. Bakaleinikoff
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One of Capra's very best
26 December 2002 | by KalamanSee 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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