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A Capra Classic Made Whole

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by Leonard Maltin
April 2, 2012 1:00 AM
6 Comments
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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.

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

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6 Comments

  • Mary | September 14, 2012 8:52 PMReply

    I got this restored version - wow, is it stunning. It's amazing how spellbinding the material is when it looks so beautiful. Great review, Mr. Maltin, and great version of this movie!

  • Barney Again | April 3, 2012 3:52 PMReply

    Leo, reviewing these kinds of movies will not keep you on the cutting, competitive edge. I needed a review of the straight-to-dvd movie "Cropsey" and it's not here! All I get is this gushy review about some obsolete tripe made in the stone age that nobody cares about (except senior citizens). You made a big mistake separating from Ebert 15 years ago, friend-o.

  • Brian | April 5, 2012 5:59 PM

    "Barney Again," I don't think Leonard really cares if he's on the "cutting, competitive edge" or not. He reviews the films he's passionate about. I'm really sorry you can't appreciate a movie made by a master craftsman like Frank Capra, so you might as well leave it to the true cinema aficionados who actually have real brains, unlike you. You really need to step away....far, far away....from the bong.

  • Jim Reinecke | April 4, 2012 1:43 PM

    "Barney Again?" Or would that be "Barney Rubble Still"? And you call this film, by one of the great filmmakers of all time, "obsolete tripe made in the stone age" when your attitude and taste (or readily apparent lack of) certainly indicates a mentality that would have aroused the interest of Dr. Louis Leakey. "Cropsey", eh? Sure that you didn't misspell this title by substituting an "o" for an "a"? There is a reason that this mindless drivel goes direct to video and if I have to spell it out for you then you're probably even more of a lobotomized sea monkey than you initially seemed. I'm sure that if you look hard enough, and in the right place (like the wall of a stoner bar's men's room), you'll find your much needed study of "Crapsey". (Hey, Leonard, do you think that a first-rate historian and wordsmith like Scott Eyman contributed to that one? It is to laugh!)

  • Alonso Duralde | April 2, 2012 3:46 PMReply

    Looking forward to seeing it! Oddly enough, Jackie Chan did a remake of the film — and it's one of his best directorial efforts — called "Mr. Canton and Lady Rose," but also known as "Black Dragon" and "Miracles." If you've never seen it, it's worth a look.

  • Karen | April 2, 2012 10:23 AMReply

    This is a wonderful movie. I saw it at the Regency Theater also ! The only improvement (if you want to call it that) to the remake "Pocketful of Miracles" was preferring Peter Falk over Ned Sparks in the role of Dave the Dude's right-hand man. Although Sparks is terrific, in my opinion he can't hold a candle to Falk's hilarious performance (which was nominated for an Oscar). In any case, this DVD sounds like a winner, just for the commentary and extras involved !

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