Lady for a Day
Lady for a Day (1933)

In this film, May Robson plays Apple Annie, a slatternly Broadway apple peddler. Annie has a daughter named Louise, who has been supported in luxury all her life by her mother. However, Louise has no idea who Annie really is, believing she… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 13, 1933
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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

One of Capra's best-loved films, with endearing characters and viewpoint.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Endearing story of lowlifes

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A film where even scenes of abject poverty shimmer with an almost luminous quality. Capra's camera is fluid and precise in its moves.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

Gets a little goopy, even for Capra.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Capra spreads his usual feel-good schmaltz over the otherwise springy material.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Despite the film's lack of momentum toward the end, it's still perfectly watchable, and it's a good window on early Capra.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Damon Runyon's short story was the perfect vehicle for Frank Capra's intended assault on the Oscars of 1933, only Oscar didn't bite. No matter,… More
Aj V
A very beautiful movie about a mother and daughter and love and family. Predictable, but sweet.
John Ballantine
A cute little pick me up for those suffering through the Depression, Lady for a Day is harmless Capra is not memorable Capra. Feel goodiness without too much… More