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Lady for a Day [VHS]
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While my rating of the movie itself would be 3-4 stars, I cannot recommend...even to fans of the movie...to buy this copy. I wouldn't even be happy if I had bought it for under 10 bucks....but at this steep price, I advise against it.
The print used for the Image DVD is not perfect. The main problem is that towards the end of the film, the right hand edge of the picture has been damaged so that white marks appear on the print. This only affects a small portion of the picture, but it is a little bit distracting. For the most part however, the print is clear and sharp. Even when there is some damage, the rest of the picture is fine.Read more ›
Warren William, the leading character actor, is dapper and sophisticated, funny and downright hot. Underrated for many years, Warren William's films are undergoing a revival in film circles today, coinciding with a renewed interest in so-called "Pre Code" films, of which he was just about the biggest star in the world, for a brief time. This picture is just one of five he starred in that were released in 1933, and the actor stayed pretty busy, even as the quality of his movies went downhill, until his too early death in 1948. What he had to offer was a combination of assets, a particular alchemy he shared with someone like Clark Gable. Where Gable was straight up, however, Warren William was sort of shifty, you didn't really know where you were with him. If both Gable and William offered Depression audiences slightly competing versions of optimism, William was also far more capable than Gable of showing life's bleaker side. He was one man whom the heroine actually might not be able to make over into her bourgeois hero.
Capra captures William's anarchic, slightly dangerous spirit well as Dave the Dude in LADY FOR A DAY. His interactions with Glenda Farrell, who plays Missouri the Texas Guinan-style nightclub hostess with the mostest, are clever studies in sex appeal and a knowing, sort of alcoholic ease with each other. And his compulsion for the apples that May Robson provides (they bring him luck in his gambling ventures) is just that sort of obsessive twist that Warren William could really go to town on.
I like the remake too, with Glenn Ford and Hope Lange, but let's face it, Glenn Ford just didn't have the (only slightly hidden) nuttiness Dave the Dude's just got to have.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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Nice to see this version if you have ever seen "A Pocket Full of Miracles".Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great old movie directed by Frank Capra, a legendary director who also directed It's A Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night, and Arsenic and Old Lace, among others. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Charles M. Rankin
This is worth watching. The story is simple, the characters are set up without ambiguity, and the depiction of life as it was in the 1930's was not sugar coated. Read morePublished 17 months ago by susan
Outstanding bit of old movie magic!! Moving, hysterical, beautiful story!Published 18 months ago by T Henry
Enjoyable movie. Very much the blueprint for Miracle on 34th Street. Fun to see the story with different actors.Published 18 months ago by C. Booth
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