The Miracle Woman (1931)
Director: Frank Capra
Writers: Jo Swerling based upon the play “Bless You Sister” by John Meehan and Robert Riskin
Producers: Harry Cohn
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck as Florence Fallon, David Manners, Sam Hardy
Release Date: 7 August 1931
Synopsis: A phony faith healer fights the temptation to go straight when she falls for a blind man.
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Barbara was back at Columbia for her fourth and last film of 1931, and for me it was the best of them all. In her second film with Frank Capra she played Florence Fallon, a young women bitter at the hypocrisy of her late minister father’s congregation.
Not long after her father’s death, she is persuaded by a crook (Sam Hardy) to become an evangelist. David Manners play a young blind aviator who is saved from suicide when he hears her inspirational sermon on the radio. Eventually he attends one of her sermons and she even persuades him to join her in a lion’s cage. Although the ruthless crook tries to come between them, she realizes the error of her ways and after some very dramatic events they look forward to a happy future together.
There are some very touching scenes between Barbara and David Manners who are perfectly teamed. One of the best sequences is an intimate birthday party shared by the young couple in which he tries to express his feelings for her through a ventriloquist’s dummy.
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