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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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

Features May Robson's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

Goofs

The position of the pool/billiard balls changes between shots in both the pool hall scene and the billiard room scene (obviously to set up the trick shots that follow). See more »

Quotes

Missouri Martin: [bringing in her entourage to work on Apple Annie] Say, when they get through with her, she's gonna look every bit as good as me.
Happy McGuire: The idea is to make her look like a lady.
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Connections

Version of Pocketful of Miracles (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

March Music
(uncredited)
Music by C. Bakaleinikoff
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"Ask them if they believe in fairy tales."
5 July 2002 | by Segalen1911See all my reviews

Almost 70 years on, this film is as fresh as ever, with brilliant performances, great dialogue, and an irresistible story, even if you don't believe in fairy tales. Watch out for the butler's line, addressing Happy MacGuire, who talks in the not-so-grammatically-correct mob-lingo of the 1930s: "If I had a choice of weapon with you, Sir, I'd choose grammar." Definitely a must see!


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