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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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Nominated for 4 Oscars. See more awards »

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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Half the contents of Apple Annie's liquor bottle disappears between gulps while she reads the letter she wrote to her daughter. 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 Mr. Canton and Lady Rose (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64
(1888) (uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Second movement (Andante cantabile, con alcuna) played on a record
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Depression-Era Fairy Tale
17 January 2003 | by SchlockmeisterSee all my reviews

This movie must have played very well to depression-era audiences. The story of an apple seller who has been lying to her daughter who has done well for herself in Europe is sweet, heart touching and funny.

Great, quotable lines in the script, well written. The outdoors night photography is luminous, everything seems to glow, a scene in an outdoor garden with the daughter and her fiancee kissing behind a glass water fountain is beautiful to this day.

The ideas of friends and strangers coming to a needy person's aid prefigures such later Capra classics as "It's A Wonderful Life". In fact, they would make an excellent double feature together.

In our cynical times, movies like this can be seen as hokey, in fact the name Capra was frequently turned into Capra-corn, even in his day. But the fact that his movies are still treasured and enjoyed today shows that goodness is still an enduring quality and that being drawn to goodness and fairy tales like this gives us hope that those feelings are still in us.

Recommended highly.


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