The Miracle Woman

The Miracle Woman

Director: Frank Capra Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, David Manners, Sam Hardy


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A minister's daughter finds fame as an evangelist but struggles with her own lack of faith in Frank Capra's impassioned drama. Inspired by the true story of Aimee Semple McPherson, the film follows the rise to prominence of Florence Fallon (Barbara Stanwyck). Disillusioned by the mistreatment of her dying father by his church, Florence grows cynical about religion. She nevertheless retains an intimate knowledge of the Bible and natural flair for preaching, talents put to use by promoter Bob Hornsby (Sam Hardy) in a series of phony revival meetings, complete with staged healings and other stunts. Florence plays along, but she soon comes to take her religious mission more seriously, especially after a blind songwriter John Carson (David Manners) claims that her preaching saved his life. Guilt-ridden Florence decides to go straight, but Hornsby sets out to stop her, seeing her new-found morality -- and her budding romance with John -- as a threat to his lucrative business. Foreshadowing many of his better-known classics, Capra addresses issues about the manipulation of the public and the importance of truth while also presenting an unlikely romance. The film's treatment of religion was considered controversial on its initial release; it now seems justifiably complex but far from critical. The film's most notable element is the intense lead performance from Stanwyck, whose combination of fiery charisma and vulnerability is magnetic and convincing, providing Capra's ambitious drama with a gripping emotional core.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/04/2014
UPC: 0043396437449
Original Release: 1931
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Pictures Home
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 37,801

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Stanwyck Florence "Faith" Fallon
David Manners John Carson
Sam Hardy Bob Hornsby
Beryl Mercer Mrs. Higgins
Russell Hopton Dan Welford
Charles B. Middleton Simpson
John Kelly Stagehand
Al Stewart Brown
Eddie Boland Collins
Thelma Hill Gussie
Aileen Carlyle Violet
Edward J. Le Saint Parishioner
Ivan Linow Gunboat
Harry Todd Briggs
Fred Warren Pianist
Mary Doran Party Guest
Robert Bolder Actor
Dennis O'Keefe Man in Audience

Technical Credits
Frank Capra Director
Harry Cohn Producer
Dorothy Howell Screenwriter
Sam Nelson Asst. Director
Max Parker Art Director
Jo Swerling Screenwriter
Joseph Walker Cinematographer
Maurice E. Wright Editor

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