Lady for a Day (1933)



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In this film, May Robson plays Apple Annie, a slatternly Broadway apple peddler. Annie has a daughter named Louise, who has been supported in luxury all her life by her mother. However, Louise has no idea who Annie really is, believing she is the daughter of a society matron.

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May Robson
as Apple Annie
Guy Kibbee
as Judge Blake
Warren William
as Dave the Dude
Nat Pendleton
as Shakespeare
Net Pendleton
as Shakespeare
Robert E. O'Connor
as The Inspector
Wallis Clark
as The Commissioner
Blind Dad Mills
as Blind Man
Samuel S. Hinds
as The Mayor
Halliwell Hobbes
as Rodney Kent's Butler
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Critic Reviews for Lady for a Day

All Critics (12)

One of Capra's best-loved films, with endearing characters and viewpoint.

Nov 30, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 25, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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

Oct 3, 2008 | Full Review…

Endearing story of lowlifes

Aug 20, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

Gets a little goopy, even for Capra.

Jul 25, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

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

Apr 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lady for a Day

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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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