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A Capra Classic Made Whole

Leonard Maltin By Leonard Maltin | Leonard Maltin April 2, 2012 at 1:00AM

A year before 'It Happened One Night' famously swept the Oscars, Frank Capra and screenwriter Robert Riskin made 'Lady for a Day', which earned four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture—but because it was withheld from TV and 16mm distribution for years, it never attained the widespread awareness and residual affection that other Capra classics have always enjoyed.

Frank Capra, Jr.’s introduction and commentary remain intact, and offer insights both large and small. (I didn’t know that Glenda Farrell was Robert Riskin’s girlfriend at the time they made this picture.) There is also a first-rate essay by film historian Scott Eyman inside the DVD case. I’m grateful to producer Bruce Venezia for bringing this restoration to my attention—and for doing it in the first place.

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In sum, this version of Lady for a Day is a must-have, even if you already own a copy.

This article is related to: DVD Reviews, Blu-ray, Journal, Frank Capra, Robert Riskin