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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

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

Goofs

As Florence starts chasing members of the congregation out of the church at the beginning of the film, members of the choir can be seen getting up and walking forward in the direction of the isle (note the young blond woman in the black dress who is first in line). When the scene cuts to a close-up on Florence moving down the isle, we see the choir members still seated in their places. They then get up and file out in the same direction as in the previous shot. See more »

Quotes

John Carson: You know what this is?
Florence: It looks like King Tut's will.
John Carson: It's called braille. Kind of like a morse code, only the dots are raised and you read it with your fingers. Watch: "A book of verses underneath the bough." Here, you try it.
Florence: A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou beside me.
John Carson: Oh, you faker! You're not reading. You're remembering.
Florence: Yes. But, I could learn it. It's just like shorthand.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Holy Holy Holy! Lord God Almighty!
(1861) (uncredited)
Music by John B. Dykes (1861)
Hymn by Reginald Heber (1827)
Sung by Parishioners in Church
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once you start watching, it's hard to stop!
9 May 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This was indeed a strange curio from the early 1930s. This film was inspired by Aimee Semple McPherson's traveling evangelistic crusades of the 1920s. At first, Aimee (just like Barbara in the film) seemed sincere and over time, the attraction of fame and riches turned this "crusade" into a sleazy business. While not as cynical and amazing to watch as the later and very similar movie, ELMER GANTRY, this film is very daring to take on the topic of fraudulent faith healers. Given that this is one of Barbara Stanwyck's earliest films, she does an amazing job. The script is engaging as well and Frank Capra shows us that he's an excellent director with great things ahead in his career.

Fascinating throughout and well worth watching.


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