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The Miracle Woman (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 20 July 1931 (USA)
After an unappreciated minister dies, his daughter loses her faith in God, prompting her to open a phony temple with a con man. Can the love of a blind aviator restore her faith and happiness?

Director:

Frank Capra (as Frank R. Capra)

Writers:

Jo Swerling (screenplay and dialogue), John Meehan (based upon the play "Bless You Sister" by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Florence Fallon
David Manners ... John Carson
Sam Hardy ... Bob Hornsby
Beryl Mercer ... Mrs. Higgins
Russell Hopton ... Bill Welford
Charles Middleton ... Simpson
Eddie Boland Eddie Boland ... Collins
Thelma Hill ... Gussie
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Storyline

After Florence Fallon's father dies unappreciated in the church where he preached for many years, she becomes embittered and loses faith. She teams up with Horsby, a con man, and performs fake miracles for profit. But the love and trust of a blind man restores her faith in God and her fellow man. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher Miraculosa See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The photograph of Florence's father appears to be that of Paul Weigel. See more »

Goofs

When Mrs. Higgings rushes into the dressing room to tell Florence about the 'miracle,' the shadow of the boom mic can be spotted falling across her arm. See more »

Quotes

Hornsby: Hiccups and hallelujahs won't mix!
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Crazy Credits

"The Miracle Woman" is offered as a rebuke to anyone who, under the cloak of Religion, seeks to sell for gold, God's choicest gift to Humanity ---- FAITH. See more »

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Featured in Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

The Farmer in the Dell
(uncredited)
Traditional song (published 1820)
Sung a bit by Barbara Stanwyck and David Manners
Also played by a music box
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Strong Capra
26 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Miracle Woman, The (1931)

*** (out of 4)

Frank Capra's controversial film was a box office dud back in the day and was slightly telling the story of the controversial evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. In the film, Barbara Stanwyck plays a woman who's faith in God turns after her father, a preacher, is thrown out of his church by a bunch of hypocrites. Not knowing where to turn after her fathers death, the woman takes on a manager and the two begin to cheat churchgoers with fake heelings. Everything, including the money, is going strong until the young woman meets a blind man (David Manners) and the two fall in love. This is a rather strange film and it's easy to see why it would bomb back in the day but today is speaks quite strongly about faith and religion. The opening sequence with Stanwyck screaming at those who threw her father out are very strong and features Stanwyck at the best I've seen her. I'm not a fan of the actress but she really blew my mind here with her very strong and heartfelt performance. Manner is equally wonderful in his role as the blind man and he does a very good job at playing blind. Capra's direction is very strong throughout, especially the ending.


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