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Lady for a Day [DVD]

Warren William , May Robson , Frank Capra    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Warren William, May Robson, Glenda Farrell
  • Directors: Frank Capra
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Oct 2013
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005X9LIUO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,893 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A New York spin on Pygmalion and the major success which turned Frank Capra into an A-list director. Received four Oscar nominations, including Capra's first Best Director and the film's Best Picture nomination

Product Description

A New York spin on Pygmalion and the major success which turned Frank Capra into an A-list director. Received four Oscar nominations, including Capra's first Best Director and the film's Best Picture nomination.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Wonderful Capra Movie 17 Dec 2003
Along with It's a Wonderful Life, this is my favourite Capra movie. Although made back in the 30s, it is still hilarious, featuring marvellous performances, especially by May Robson as Apple Annie and Warren Willam as Dave the Dude. The plot is taken from a Damon Runyan story and is rather corny (gangsters decide to help an elderly apple seller become a lady for a day to impress her daughter and her fiance), but great fun. Look out for the bra-less dancing sequence and the gay Frenchman joke (not something I expeceted to see in a Capra film). The cinematography is brilliant. I saw this in a cinema in Paris and the scenes at night filmed by a fountain are beautiful. If you are rather sentimental, this will make you cry as well as laugh. Sadly, I will not be able to buy this DVD, as it is in N. American format, but if I could I would pay a fortune for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Say, you believe in fairytales, don't ya?" 9 July 2012
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
A New York spin on Pygmalion and the hit which turned Frank Capra into an A-list director and Columbia Pictures into a major studio, earning four Oscar nominations (including Capra's first Best Director nomination and the studio's first Best Picture nomination) and inspiring a non-Capra directed sequel Lady By Choice along the way, Lady for a Day was one of those pictures nobody but studio chief Harry Cohn wanted to make. A doubtful Capra only took it up when another picture fell through while casting was a long round of rejections: unable to get his original choices Robert Montgomery, James Cagney or William Powell from their respective studios for his leading man, he settled for Warren William because Warners were willing to loan him out to the then-Poverty Row studio to keep him from getting too big for his boots on his home turf, and threw in several of their regular supporting players like Ned Glass and Nat Pendleton in for good measure. Paramount proved just as reluctant to lend out W.C Fields for the pool hustling `Judge' Henry G. Blake (the role going to a splendid Guy Kibbee instead) or Marie Dressler for the role of Apple Annie, the rum-soaked apple seller the assorted dregs, losers, crooks and spivs of Broadway rally around in her hour of need, settling for the much lesser known May Robson instead and making her a star at the tender age of 75.

Ironically it's hard to imagine his third-best cast of fourth choices being any better - if anything, a top tier cast would have been wrong for Damon Runyon's underclass of hustlers and losers putting up a big front. Capra may have often professed to have preferred his 1961 remake
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars funny and sad,happy end. 4 Jan 2006
Format:VHS Tape
Watched it on tv in Portugal when I was 15 years old and love it,when it is relised on dvd region 2,I will buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 July 2014
By steve
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Very good
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars stay away 6 Nov 2001
By A. Grossman - Published on
This wonderful film is a total disaster in its DVD format. Frank Capra Junior calls it a restored print which is a joke. The film is often dark, details are hard to see and there are sprocket holes, white spots and all kinds of detractions in the film. How could Image and Capra release this mess on DVD! This outstanding film deserves much better than is offered.
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The rating is for the DVD 17 Dec 2003
By Yarby - Published on
I should have listened to the other person who mentioned scratches on the movie. However, while he found them only slightly distracting...I found them to be so disruptive that I lost track of the movie. This print was transferred from a copy that had severe sprocket tooth scratches. These scratches lasted for almost 20 minutes.
While my rating of the movie itself would be 3-4 stars, I cannot recommend...even to fans of the buy this copy. I wouldn't even be happy if I had bought it for under 10 bucks....but at this steep price, I advise against it.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Capra DVD 8 Nov 2001
By Mr Peter G George - Published on
Lady for a Day is a fine Capra film. The story concerns a street vendor Apple Annie (May Robson) who has deceived her daughter that she is a High Society lady. The daughter, who has been living in Spain, decides to visit and what's more brings along her prospective fiancé plus his father, a Spanish count. So as not to scupper her daughter's marriage, Annie must enlist the help of her underworld friends to continue the deception. The film is at times very funny with a tone which looks ahead to the Screwball comedies of the later thirties. It is also often rather moving, with May Robson's terrific performance eliciting a great deal of sympathy. The rest of the cast is equally fine. Warren William as Dave the Dude is that most unusual of characters a gangster with a heart of gold. Guy Kibbee, familiar from so many thirties films, is always fun to watch. This time he plays a pool shark who agrees to pretend he is Apple Annie husband. Jean Parker, as Apple Annie's daughter Louise, will be familiar to anyone who has seen the 1933 version of Little Women in which she plays Beth. Her role in Lady for a Day could hardly match that role, but she still performs well with her memorably unusual voice. She also looks absolutely stunning. It's even possible to glimpse a young Ward Bond, as a policeman on a horse, obtaining an apple from Annie.
The print used for the Image DVD is not perfect. The main problem is that towards the end of the film, the right hand edge of the picture has been damaged so that white marks appear on the print. This only affects a small portion of the picture, but it is a little bit distracting. For the most part however, the print is clear and sharp. Even when there is some damage, the rest of the picture is fine. I have seen any number of thirties and forties films which have survived in worse condition than Lady for a Day. Moreover the sound quality on this DVD is above average for a film from this period. The wonderful dialogue is easily audible and the soundtrack has very little background noise. As an extra the DVD includes a commentary by Frank Capra Junior. This is a DVD which Capra fans should enjoy.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still worth a look! 4 April 2005
By Perm Damage "Martin" - Published on
Sad to say, I have to agree with the previous reviews of the dvd. I saw this film on AMC years ago and recently rented the dvd, only to discover a somewhat inferior print. That's not to say, however, that it was unwatchable. "Lady for a Day" is still a great movie (way better than the watered-down remake "A Pocketful of Miracles") and deserves a larger audience. Until a better dvd master comes along, I'll endorse this one.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warren William Appreciation Thread 22 July 2005
By Kevin Killian - Published on
Not a good transfer but the price is still affordable, and I don't think the white streaks made the film totally unwatchable. Wonder how something like that happens and how it could be restored?

Warren William, the leading character actor, is dapper and sophisticated, funny and downright hot. Underrated for many years, Warren William's films are undergoing a revival in film circles today, coinciding with a renewed interest in so-called "Pre Code" films, of which he was just about the biggest star in the world, for a brief time. This picture is just one of five he starred in that were released in 1933, and the actor stayed pretty busy, even as the quality of his movies went downhill, until his too early death in 1948. What he had to offer was a combination of assets, a particular alchemy he shared with someone like Clark Gable. Where Gable was straight up, however, Warren William was sort of shifty, you didn't really know where you were with him. If both Gable and William offered Depression audiences slightly competing versions of optimism, William was also far more capable than Gable of showing life's bleaker side. He was one man whom the heroine actually might not be able to make over into her bourgeois hero.

Capra captures William's anarchic, slightly dangerous spirit well as Dave the Dude in LADY FOR A DAY. His interactions with Glenda Farrell, who plays Missouri the Texas Guinan-style nightclub hostess with the mostest, are clever studies in sex appeal and a knowing, sort of alcoholic ease with each other. And his compulsion for the apples that May Robson provides (they bring him luck in his gambling ventures) is just that sort of obsessive twist that Warren William could really go to town on.

I like the remake too, with Glenn Ford and Hope Lange, but let's face it, Glenn Ford just didn't have the (only slightly hidden) nuttiness Dave the Dude's just got to have.
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