Saturday, August 08, 2009

Frank Capra Directs Runyon's Apple Annie Story Twice | Lady for a Day & Pocketful of Miracles

Lady for a Day is a 1933 film which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. It was written by Robert Riskin, based on the Damon Runyon story Madame la Gimp.The film was directed by Frank Capra. Apple Annie (May Robson) is a street peddler who had sent away her daughter as a young child to be raised in Europe, letting her believe that Annie was a member of New York high society.

The movie was remade (again directed by Frank Capra) as Pocketful of Miracles in 1961, starring Bette Davis and Glenn Ford. The supporting cast including Edward Everett Horton, Peter Falk, who was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and Ann-Margret in her film debut. The film proved to be director Frank Capra's final production, and the last film role of veteran actor Thomas Mitchell.

"Lady for a Day" cast

Bette Davis as Apple Annie in "Pocketful of Miracles"
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