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 Actress||May Robson||Nominated|
|Best Director||Frank Capra||Nominated|
|Best Writing||Robert Riskin||Nominated|
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 DayBy 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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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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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.
At this point Columbia Pictures was still a "Poverty Row" operation with studio chief Harry Cohn adamant against hiring actors under long-term contracts. The cast of this film was largely obtained on loan from Warner Brothers' pool of talented character actors. Warren William was at the peak of his career and being loaned out to lowly Columbia was meant to humble any thoughts of greater salary demands. Although his career would wane in the mid-'30s, this film was a big hit.
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