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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

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!

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

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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.
Radio City Music Hall booked the film's premiere without seeing it, because Frank Capra's The Bitter Tea of General Yen had been the theater's first film and they considered the director to be good luck.
When Frank Capra was nominated for his first Best Director Oscar in 1933 (for Lady for a Day), presenter Will Rogers merely opened the envelope and said "Come and get it, Frank!" Already halfway to the stage, Capra realized that Rogers wasn't referring to him, but to Frank Lloyd, who was getting the Oscar for Cavalcade.
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