Lady for a Day Overview:

Lady for a Day (1933) was a Comedy - Black-and-white Film directed by Frank Capra and produced by Harry Cohn.

The film was based on the short story Madame La Gimp written by Damon Runyon published in Hearst's International-Cosmopolitan in Oct 1929.

Academy Awards 1932/33 --- Ceremony Number 6 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActressMay RobsonNominated
Best DirectorFrank CapraNominated
Best PictureColumbiaNominated
Best WritingRobert RiskinNominated

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Lady For a Day (1933)

By Lindsey on Oct 21, 2012 From The Motion Pictures

Apple Annie (May Robson) is, quite fittingly, the Times Square apple seller. She has a reputation for being a good luck charm among the likes of Dave the Dude (Warren William) and his merry band of gamblin’ gangsters, and they all love her. Dave the Dude refuses to make a deal without buying a... Read full article

Lady for a Day

By Alyson on Aug 21, 2010 From The Best Picture Project

As I popped the DVD in and pressed play, the first image to come up was full color. ?It was Frank Capra Jr., the great director?s son, telling me what a milestone Lady for a Day was for his father. ?He explained how Columbia Pictures was just itching for an Academy Award but none of their films had ... Read full article

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Quotes from

Missouri Martin: Happy, if you break anything, be sure it's your neck.

Dave the Dude - 'Dave Manville': If we have to dig up a husband for Annie, let's to it and get over it.
Happy McGuire: Now you got to dig up a husband for...
Happy McGuire: Where you gonna get a husband just like that?
Dave the Dude - 'Dave Manville': How about you, Happy?
Happy McGuire: Me?
Missouri Martin: Oh, that's a swell idea. I think you'd be just precious.
Happy McGuire: That's a wonderful idea but there's one thing that stands on the way. I got a wife that is very fussy. She don't like me to go around and marrying people!

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Facts about

In the scenes where the Dude interacts with the police, Ned Sparks whistles 'The Prisoner's Song", a popular recording by Vernon Dalhart in the 1920s.
A number of beggars in downtown Los Angeles were cast in small roles, including the legless man, nicknamed Shorty, whom Capra had remembered as selling pencils when the director was a paperboy.
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 1, 1939, with May Robson, Warren William, Jean Parker and Guy Kibbee reprising their film roles.
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