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The Miracle Woman (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 20 July 1931 (USA)
After an unappreciated minister dies, his daughter loses her faith in God, prompting her to open a phony temple with a con man. Can the love of a blind aviator restore her faith and happiness?

Director:

Frank Capra (as Frank R. Capra)

Writers:

Jo Swerling (screenplay and dialogue), John Meehan (based upon the play "Bless You Sister" by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Florence Fallon
David Manners ... John Carson
Sam Hardy ... Bob Hornsby
Beryl Mercer ... Mrs. Higgins
Russell Hopton ... Bill Welford
Charles Middleton ... Simpson
Eddie Boland Eddie Boland ... Collins
Thelma Hill ... Gussie
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Storyline

After Florence Fallon's father dies unappreciated in the church where he preached for many years, she becomes embittered and loses faith. She teams up with Horsby, a con man, and performs fake miracles for profit. But the love and trust of a blind man restores her faith in God and her fellow man. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher Miraculosa See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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The photograph of Florence's father appears to be that of Paul Weigel. See more »

Goofs

As Florence starts chasing members of the congregation out of the church at the beginning of the film, members of the choir can be seen getting up and walking forward in the direction of the isle (note the young blond woman in the black dress who is first in line). When the scene cuts to a close-up on Florence moving down the isle, we see the choir members still seated in their places. They then get up and file out in the same direction as in the previous shot. See more »

Quotes

Florence: One of these days I'll be coming back like a bad penny.
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Crazy Credits

"Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep's clothing..... Mat. VIII, 15. See more »

Connections

Featured in Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) See more »

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Written by Irving Cohn
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A different kind of Capra
21 May 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Barbara Stanwyck is "The Miracle Woman" in this 1931 film directed by Frank Capra and also starring David Manners.

Stanwyck plays Florence Fallon, the daughter of a religious leader who becomes angry and bitter toward her father's congregation when he is ousted and later dies. She is approached by a promoter who launches her on a preaching career with an audience loaded with shills, while he collects money for an alleged tabernacle and makes payoffs.

Meanwhile, a blind composer (David Manners) is saved from suicide by one of Sister Fallon's radio broadcasts and becomes devoted to her. The two fall in love, and Florence, who has never been happy being a fraud from the beginning, becomes less and less enchanted with the business she's in.

The character of Florence Fallon was inspired, as was Sharon Falconer in Elmer Gantry, by the real-life miracle woman, Aimee Semple McPherson, a popular evangelist. She founded the Foursquare Church, still in existence today, and had hundreds and hundreds of healings credited to her. Barbara Stanwyck, about 24 years old here, gives a passionate performance as a conflicted woman, and handsome David Manners does a nice job as her blind beau.

Very absorbing early Capra, quite different from what he would do in the future. In fact, if you're not a Capra fan, you might like this film of his best of all.


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