Lady for a Day
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May Robson plays Apple Annie, a slatternly Broadway apple peddler. Annie has a curious setup whereby she is able to finagle other street merchants and beggars to pony up part of their weekly earnings to her--yet she never seems to spend any of the money on herself. This is because Annie has a daughter named Louise (Jean Parker), who has been supported in luxury all her life by her mother. Louise has no idea who Annie really is; so far as she knows, her mother is Mrs. E. Worthington Manville, a Manhattan society matron. When Louise sends Annie a letter telling her that she's become engaged… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Suitably made for Depression-era audiences, Frank Capra's version of Damon Ranyon's famed story is an endearing fable with a strong, Oscar-nominated turn from the vet actress May Robson as Apple Annie."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Gets a little goopy, even for Capra."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"Capra spreads his usual feel-good schmaltz over the otherwise springy material."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Despite the film's lack of momentum toward the end, it's still perfectly watchable, and it's a good window on early Capra."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Endearing story of lowlifes"
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"A film where even scenes of abject poverty shimmer with an almost luminous quality. Capra's camera is fluid and precise in its moves."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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