Lady for a Day
is an Academy Award
nominated film from 1933, directed by Frank Capra
, based on the short story "Madame La Gimp" by Damon Runyon
. Capra remade it in 1961 under the title Pocketful of Miracles
, starring Bette Davis
The film is about a poor woman called "Apple Annie", who sent her daughter, Louise, abroad, and sends most of the money she makes (both by selling apples or hustling) to help her daughter grow up well off. She also made her daughter think she was well-born and that Annie is living an upper class lifestyle.
But then her daughter is engaged to a Spanish count, who wishes to meet her. The truth would ruin the match and humiliate everyone. Fortunately, a mobster, Dave the Dude, has been buying her apples for years, as a good luck charm. He agrees to help her out in return. Unfortunately, maintaining the charade is not so simple.
The remake, Pocketful of Miracles
, was the last film for both director Capra and veteran character actor Thomas Mitchell, and was also the film debut of Ann-Margaret.
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