Lady for a Day

Synopsis: Apple Annie is an indigent woman who has always written to her daughter in Spain that she is a member of New York's high society. With her daughter suddenly en route to America with her new fiancé and his father, a member of Spain's aristocracy, Annie must continue her pretense of wealth or the count will not give his blessing. She gets unexpected help from Dave the Dude, a well-known figure in underground circles who considers Annie his good luck charm, and who obtains for her a luxury apartment to entertain the visitors - but this uncharacteristic act of kindness from a man with a disreputable reputation arouses suspicions, leading to complications which further cause things to not always go quite as planned.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Frank Capra
Production: Columbia Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

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Apples. Apples.

Where do you think

you're going?

What do you mean...?

Shut up, you pasty-faced palookas.

Apples, apples.


Hey, Annie!

Come round to the house sometime.

I got a lot of silverware

hanging around loose.


Hello, Schultzie, how's business?

Not so good over at the Apollo.

Go over to the Casino.

They got a hit over there.

Is that so?

I'll go right over. Thanks.


If you changed your tune,

perhaps you'd have better luck.

The Dude wants to see you, Annie.

He's over at Missouri Martin's.

Yeah, l know.

How's pickings, Smiley?

Terrible. Everybody's broke.

Must be tough on them.

Stop yappin'. Didn't you hear

the President over the radio?

Get on over to the Casino.

They've got a hit over there.

- They have?

- Sure. Spread it around.

Don't forget Missouri Martin's.

Dude said it was important.

Alright, l won't.



Okay, girls.

What's going on?

- What's the mystery?

- Babe, Dude's got a big bet on.

- Yeah, what kind of bet?

- You're liable to scare the fly.

What fly?

Dude bet the Greek the fly would

land on his piece of sugar first.

- What do you say, Dude? 500 more?

- You're on.

What do you think

you're doing, Shakespeare?

I'm decoying him, Dude,

over to your lump.

Tough luck, Dude.

That's 1500 you owe me.

I bet the Greek's got

them flies trained.

Now that the animal act's over,

let's get going.

- Yeah, we better get going.

- Let's blow.

Hey, Dude, l give you

a chance to get even.

- Nothing doing.

- Alright.

This is a lot of hokum,

playing around with flies

when a real sucker's

waiting for us,

with real dough.

What's the matter, handsome?

No luck?

I should have know better than

to bet without my apple.

I'm going to find Apple Annie.

You're searching for her now?

Listen, Happy. This is one of the

biggest stud games l've sat in.

I'm not taking any chances.

Look what just happened to me.

I even lost to the Greek.

Did l tell you about the fella,

superstitious about a hunchback?

He went looking for him one day

and got run over by a truck.

A fella told me it was

hard luck to be superstitious.

- Go out and find Apple Annie.

- Okay, Dude. I'm on my way.

I'm a first class monkey

if l can see how you can win pots

by buying apples from

old dames.

Can't find your apple, Dude?

Here's something for good luck.

Cut it out. Cut it out.

He wants apples, not lemons.

Happy, in case you break anything,

make sure it's your neck.

- Hello, Annie.

- Hello, Dude.

- Did l keep you waiting?

- No.

You've got a great racket, Annie.

Couple more suckers like the Dude

and you can retire in a year.

Pull up your chin, Happy,

you're liable to step on it.

- Never mind the change.

- God bless you.

- So how'd you do last week?

- Okay.

Where were you Saturday?

I couldn't win a race.


I wasn't feeling so good Saturday.

- Drinking again.

- Who? Me?

I ain't touched a drop in weeks.

Cut it out. Doc Michel says

your kidneys are all shot.

He's an old fool, doesn't know

what he's talking about.

If you two are going to

discuss Annie's kidneys...

Your car's ready, Mr. Dude.

Mr. Dude,

l can't find her no place.

There you are!

The Dude wants to see you.

Nice work, Shakespeare.

So long, Annie.

I bet the cards

treat you right tonight, Dude.

They will, l'll tell 'em the Dude

bought an apple from Annie.

Did you get it?

Don't l always get it?

- The classiest stationary we have.

- Thank you.

- Thank you, Oscar.

- That bunch costs you 50 cents.

more than two bits.

It's conditions. People don't leave

things in their rooms anymore.

It's got so bad l have to

buy my own toothpaste.

- That's awful, Oscar.

- Even my wife's complaining.

Remember when she was the

best-smelling woman on the block?

I brought her back so much perfume

she used to stink with it.

- Cheer up. Things will get better.

- I guess so.

When are you expecting

your next letter?

There's a mail boat in

from Spain in the morning.

Okay, l'll watch out for it.

There's a good soul!

I'll pay you beginning of the week.

And don't you forget it.

If l'm caught stealing letters,

l'll get fired.

- No, you mustn't get fired.

- They will if they catch me.

Who are you getting

these letters from anyhow?

None of your business.

- A new lover, eh?

- That's it.

A new lover.

You old devil, you.

Get out of the way.

That's for getting in the way.

Hey, scat!

The very idea.

Couldn't you find any other place

to sleep on but my picture?

"My dear...



The social season...

is over.

And so,

the reception...

l came to...


Lord Woodcliff's."

Here's to Lord Woodcliff.

"They say to wish you success."

I just love Annie's music.

"It breaks my heart that l've not

been able to see you these years,

but Doctor Michel, the old crab,

still says it would be fatal

for me to make an ocean voyage.

Your stepfather thought

he might make the trip this year."

You didn't know you had

a stepfather, did you?"

Neither did l.

"The young man you write about

sounds perfectly darling.

I hope he loves you as much as

you love him.

As much as l love you, my darling.

Oscar, where have you been?

You shouldn't keep me waiting

when l'm expecting a letter.

Why, Oscar. Where's your uniform?

Oscar, what's happened?

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Robert Riskin

Robert Riskin (March 30, 1897 – September 20, 1955) was an American Academy Award-winning screenwriter and playwright, best known for his collaborations with director-producer Frank Capra. more…

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