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Lady for a Day

Lady for a Day (1933)

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Release Date: Sep 13, 1933 Wide

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May Robson plays Apple Annie, a slatternly Broadway apple peddler. Annie has a curious setup whereby she is able to finagle other street merchants and beggars to pony up part of their weekly earnings to her--yet she never seems to spend any of the money on herself. This is because Annie has a daughter named Louise (Jean Parker), who has been supported in luxury all her life by her mother. Louise has no idea who Annie really is; so far as she knows, her mother is Mrs. E. Worthington Manville, a

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Robert Riskin, Damon Runyon

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (0) | DVD (6)

Suitably made for Depression-era audiences, Frank Capra's version of Damon Ranyon's famed story is an endearing fable with a strong, Oscar-nominated turn from the vet actress May Robson as Apple Annie.

March 25, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Capra spreads his usual feel-good schmaltz over the otherwise springy material.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Endearing story of lowlifes

August 20, 2005
Classic Film and Television

Gets a little goopy, even for Capra.

July 25, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Despite the film's lack of momentum toward the end, it's still perfectly watchable, and it's a good window on early Capra.

April 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

A film where even scenes of abject poverty shimmer with an almost luminous quality. Capra's camera is fluid and precise in its moves.

February 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Lady for a Day

Damon Runyon's short story was the perfect vehicle for Frank Capra's intended assault on the Oscars of 1933, only Oscar didn't bite. No matter, the popular street personalities he created live on for us, thanks to Capra's affection for tough characters with soft hearts, his approximation of the American zeitgeist (which may or may not be true ... but we sure wished that it was). Special mention must be given to Ned Sparks who steals every scene he's in.
December 30, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

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A very beautiful movie about a mother and daughter and love and family. Predictable, but sweet.
September 6, 2010
ajv2688

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A cute little pick me up for those suffering through the Depression, Lady for a Day is harmless Capra is not memorable Capra. Feel goodiness without too much depth.
November 15, 2013
John Ballantine

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