90 Days of Oscar Nominees #36 – Lady For a Day (1933)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.

Here is my 36th review of the 90 chosen Films…

“If I had choice of weapons with you, Sir, I’d choose grammar!” – Butler

Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Jan 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A beggar lady enlists the help of a local gangster in order to pretend that she is an heiress when her long lost daughter and her fiancee come to visit.

My Take on it – I have seen some of Frank Capra’s big name films, but never got around to seeing this one until now.

The storyline fits in nicely with Capra’s general theme for his films about down on their luck characters in Depression Era America who somehow get a second chance.

The facade that the characters put on works quite well and they do a great job at showing that the lower class is much more intelligent than the upper class.

The dialogue is great and there are some great one-liners between characters that are really intelligently written.

They are able to find the fine line between being a serious social theme with comedic undertones the whole way through.

This may not be Capra’s best film, but it is extremely entertaining watching it all play out.

Bottom Line – Really enjoyable film that highlights one of Capra’s favorite themes of down on their luck characters trying to make it during the Depression era. The facade works quite well and we get to see how they switch things around by showing the lower class characters being much more intelligent than the upper class ones. The dialogue is great and they manage to keep things both serious and slightly comedic at the same time since they are trying to show a social phenomena. Not Capra’s best, but still very entertaining to watch. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Frank Capra was nominated for his first Best Director Oscar in 1933 (for Lady for a Day (1933)), presenter Will Rogers merely opened the envelope and said “Come and get it, Frank!” Already halfway to the stage, Capra realized that Rogers wasn’t referring to him, but to Frank Lloyd, who was getting the Oscar for Cavalcade (1933). (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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2 thoughts on “90 Days of Oscar Nominees #36 – Lady For a Day (1933)

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