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''Lady for a Day'' is an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nominated film from 1933, directed by Creator/FrankCapra, based on the short story "Madame La Gimp" by Creator/DamonRunyon.

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, with the help of his girlfriend, Missouri Martin. Unfortunately, maintaining the charade is not so simple.

Capra remade it in 1961 under the title ''Film/PocketfulOfMiracles'', starring Creator/BetteDavis.

In 1989, Jackie Chan directed and starred in a version set in 1930s Hong Kong, called ''Miracles'' (also known as ''Mr. Canton and Lady Rose'' or ''Black Dragon).'' This version is based most closely on ''Pocketful of Miracles.''

In 2008, Akshay Kumar starred in ''Singh is Kinng,'' using the same basic story.

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!!Story and films provide examples of:

* AmbiguouslyGay: Pierre. He is one of the crew of makeup artists, etc. that Missouri Martin brings in to give Apple Annie a complete makeover.
* DespairEventHorizon: Annie's reaction to her daughter coming home, and worried that her daughter will be humiliated and ruined.
* HappyEnding: A surprisingly straight example. Just when the film seems like it is setting up a tearful confession from Annie, to be followed by her daughter's tearful forgiveness, the mayor and the governor and other big-wigs show up and save Annie's bacon. Significantly, the movie ends with Annie waving goodbye to her daughter from the dock, and does not show her returning to her life on the streets.
* HypocriticalHumor: From Shakespeare, Dave's dimwitted {{Mook}}.
--> '''Shakespeare''': "A fella told me it was hard luck being superstitious."
* JustInTime: Just as Annie feels she has no choice but to confess her secret and ruin her daughter's marriage, the mayor shows up with guests to help keep up the charade for Annie. So does the governor. And the police commissioner.
* MaintainTheLie: An impressive amount of work goes into making Louise and Annie's in-laws think that Annie is Mrs. E. Worthington Manville, a wealthy society lady. Dave the Dude borrows a friend's apartment. The various thugs, lowlifes, and beggars that know Annie dress up as society folk. The ''mayor'' and the ''governor'' come to her daughter's reception. The police commissioner arranges a police escort to take Louise and Annie's in-laws to the port to board ship.
* MockMillionaire: Mr. and Mrs. E. Worthington Manville, with Annie's husband being played by pool hustler Henry Blake (Guy Kibbee).
* PrettyInMink: Louise has a white ermine shoulder cape.
* PrincessForADay: Or in this case a society lady for a day.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Apple Annie is older than the usual subject of this trope.
* ASimplePlan: Grows increasingly complicated as Dave the Dude, because he believes Annie is good luck (and probably because he genuinely likes her), faces more and more obstacles. A bunch of society reporters from New York newspapers show up at the dock when the ship carrying Louise arrives. The reporters obviously will expose Annie as a fake, so Dave has them kidnapped.
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