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Lady for a Day

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What's it About

Broadway panhandler Apple Annie (Robson) is a good-luck charm for high-stakes gambler, Dave the Dude (William), who always buys fruit from the elderly woman before he places a bet. So when Annie receives a letter from her daughter Louise (Parker) announcing her engagement to a Spanish nobleman (Norton) and impending visit to New York, Dave helps Annie concoct a ruse to fool her unwitting daughter and future in-laws into thinking she’s a society lady.

Why we love it

Hollywood charmer Frank Capra won an apple cart full of Oscar nominations for this tender Depression-era comedy, based on a Damon Runyon tale, coaxing crisp performances from Robson, William, and Guy Kibbee as a judge masquerading as Annie’s well-to-do husband. Rags-to-riches films were common in 1930s Hollywood, but Capra added warmth and urbane humor to this heartwarming Cinderella story, while gently poking fun at stuffy, aristocratic airs. What a “Lady!”

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"