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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 »

Company Credits

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

Barbara Stanwyck had only one day of rest between the completion of this movie and the first day's shooting of Night Nurse (1931). 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: We cook up a sob routine for you that could melt a mountain and you put it like you are reading out of a telephone book. How do you expect to get the hang of this trade with your mush full of gum? Bernhardt couldn't do it! And you ain't Bernhardt! You ain't even one of the Cherry Sisters!
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Crazy Credits

"Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep's clothing..... Mat. VIII, 15. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Lord, I'm Coming Home
(uncredited)
Written by William J. Kirkpatrick
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Just great...and still topical
19 July 2003 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Barbra Stanwyck plays a phony evangelist named Florence 'Faith' Fallon. She's sick of preaching the Gospel and "curing" supposedly ill people (they're workers for her), but her unscrupulous boss (Sam Hardy) convinces her to keep on doing it. Then she meets a kind, blind man (David Manners) and falls in love. He loves her too and wants to be with her. But her manager won't let her go....

Still strong drama was (surprisingly) a bomb in its day. It's now considered one of the best movies of the 1930s. Stanwyck is just superb--you feel her pain over lying to people for money and her love for Manners. Even Manners (usually pretty bad) is very good. He's tall, very handsome and totally believable. You're really rooting for him and Stanwyck.

Sadly, this film is still very up to the minute. There are plenty of fake evangelists still at work taking money from good, religious people. It's kind of sad that a movie over 70 years old still mirrors problems that we have today.

Well worth seeing--maybe Manners best performance.


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