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May Robson plays Apple Annie in Frank Capra s wonderful and enduring comedy/drama, based on a short story by Damon Runyon, with a hilarious and heartwarming script by Robert Riskin. When Louise (Jean Parker) announces that she plans to visit her mother to introduce her aristocratic fiancé, Apple Annie s friends, including gangster Dave the Dude (Warren William), Judge Henry D. Blake (Guy Kibbee) and Missouri Martin (Glenda Farrell), rally around to transform her from a poor street peddler into the society matron her daughter is expecting to see.

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  • Actors: May Robson, Warren William, Guy Kibbee, Glenda Farrell
  • Directors: Frank Capra
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Inception Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006QS9MC2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,696 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By G.I Gurdjieff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 7, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Frank Capra directed this film twice. The second version was called Pocketful of Miracles, starred the fearless Bette Davis, and was made in glorious technicolor. Both were actually very good films.
I've always been a huge Bette Davis fan so it's interesting that I have a soft spot for the combination of the audacious May Robson and the suave and debonair Warren William, but I think they work off one another really well and Warren William comes off as a more Runyonesque hood with a heart of gold than his counterpart in the later version Glenn Ford. These films were adapted from the Damon Runyon short story Madame Le Gimp.
The plot is fairly simple. Apple Annie (May Robson)is a down on her luck apple vendor during the depression. William's character Dave the Dude is a gambling hood who views Annie's apples as a talisman that brings him good luck. Dave tips Annie well, but she lives in a tenement but uses a swank NYC hotel as her mailing address and that's where the story lies. She is letting her convent educated daughter who is living in Europe subsidized by Dave's generous tips think she is a high society diva.
Annie's lie apparently goes on without complications until she receives a letter from her daughter saying she is coming to NYC with her fiancée who is a nobleman. Of course, this comes with little notice and goes to worse when it looks like her lie is going to be exposed. The rest of the movie involves a collective conspiracy to transform Annie and make her dreams come true.
What makes this story really compeling in both films is that while a lot of the mayhem is played for laughs, there is an underlying sadness in the Annie character that is heartbreaking. Robson was probably well beyond seventy when she made this film.
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This is one of my all time favorite movies! My great-grandmother babysat me whenever school was out. She was a huge movie fan and would tell me stories about where she was in her life when these movies came out. Her favorite director was Frank Capra so when one of his movies came on TV, we stopped everything and watched. This movie was one of her two favorites and has so much to offer. It is a bit of a Cinderella story for a poor apple peddler, it is a comedy, it will pull at your heartstrings - it is simply wonderful. If you want a light-hearted, feel-good movie, then this is it. I like this one better than the later version Pocketful of Miracles but both are great.
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Ok. This is my first review. I had virtually no idea what this movie was about,
basically never heard of it. But was familar with Capra's work. This movie
is a hell of little gem. Will actually buy some for friends. Talk about strong endings ! Please put out more classic black and whites on Blu-ray. Many thanks. It was beautiful. Dr. Michael Hauth
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Lady for a Day was an original which established a long-running Hollywood genre, and its theme seems so familiar to us today because its storytelling style was widely imitated for many years. It offers a look into a pivotal time in American film history, only six years into the sound era. It also foretells the successful career of one of Hollywood's most charismatic directors, Frank Capra, whose own life story had the same fairy tale quality as the films he made.

In 1933 Capra was a rising star in Hollywood, directing pictures for the upstart Columbia Pictures studio, whose home neighborhood was derided by other studios as "Poverty Row". A Sicilian immigrant, Capra was self-driven to achieve the American Dream, and to do so he created it on film in picture after picture. Lady for a Day was crafted specifically to earn an Academy Award, which neither Capra nor Columbia Pictures had ever won. Utilizing a story by Damon Runyon, Capra and his frequent collaborator, screenwriter Robert Riskin, wove a tale of an impoverished Depression-era apple seller working the streets of the Broadway district in New York City. Apple Annie was also weaving her own tales in letters to her daughter in Europe, chatting about Annie's fanciful life of wealth and success. Typical of Damon Runyon, the story is replete with soft-hearted gangsters, flummoxed cops, and politicians capable of grand and magnanimous gestures.

The impending visit of Apple Annie's daughter from Europe, with not only her suitor in tow, but his aristocratic Spanish father as well, pitches Annie (Broadway actress May Robson) into despair, and the gangsters into action to make Apple Annie into a lady for a day.
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This latest version far surpasses the previous DVD release. The only surviving material of this Frank Capra classic comes from a personal 35mm Capra print. His print was used for both the earlier DVD release and the current Blu-ray (DVD also) release BUT for the newer release the print has been beautifully restored! One reel of Capra's print has sprocket damage which is seen on the earlier release as well as specks and optical sound noise. That is all gone now. Comparing the earlier disc with the restored one gives the viewer a marvelous example of what modern restoration can do for a film. LADY FOR A DAY is a delightful film that really is much better than Capra's later remake A POCKETFUL OF MIRACLES. If you are a Capra fan then this is a must.
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