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Lady for a Day (1933)

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

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Dave the Dude
... Apple Annie
... Judge Blake
... Missouri Martin
... Happy
... Count Romero
... Louise
... Shakespeare
... Carlos
... Butler
... Governor
... 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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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

Happy McGuire: Say, listen, Babcock wore out the seats of two pair of pants just sitting around on his El Fideldo.
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Version of Pocketful of Miracles (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Santa Lucia
(1849) (uncredited)
Traditional Neapolitan song
Transcribed and published by Teodoro Cottrau (1849)
Played on an accordian by Dad Mills
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Solid performances, solid script, some beautiful touches
26 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

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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