Lady for a Day

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Directed by Frank Capra.
With Warren William, May Robson, Guy Kibbee.
US, 1933, 35mm, black & white, 93 min.
Print source: Frank Capra Productions

In six weeks we banged out a script; hopefully, a warm, funny ‘saga’ about Apple Annie: a filthy, drunken, apple-selling harridan who bossed the beggars of Times Square. Hidden in the deepest recess of her tatters, Annie nursed a secret of secrets—cabalistically shared only with fellow panhandlers who swore the beggar’s blood oath—Apple Annie had an illegitimate daughter! Sh-h-h! A daughter she had been secretly educating (since infancy) in a convent in far-off Spain by extorting ‘taxes’ from the lame, the halt, and the blind who worked her ‘territory’; in return, she knighted them ‘godfathers.’

A letter came from Spain. Her daughter (now seventeen) has fallen in love with a Spanish nobleman’s son. The count wishes to meet her family before consenting to the marriage [...]. — FC

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