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The Miracle Woman

90 min
Drama | Romance
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Frank Capra
Country: USA
Release Date: 1931-08-07
Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
The Miracle Woman
David Manners
John Carson
Sam Hardy
Bob Hornsby
Beryl Mercer
Mrs. Higgins
Russell Hopton
Bill Welford
Charles Middleton
Eddie Boland
Thelma Hill
Robert Bolder
Man in Audience (uncredited)
Mary Bracken
Girl (uncredited)
Aileen Carlyle
Violet (uncredited)
Mary Doran
Party Guest (uncredited)
Lorraine Hubbell
Child (uncredited)
John Kelly
Stagehand (uncredited)
June Lang
Church Choir Singer (uncredited)
Edward LeSaint
Parishioner (uncredited)
Ivan Linow
Gunboat (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe
Man in Audience (uncredited)
Bud Osborne
Man in Audience (uncredited)
Al Stewart
Brown (uncredited)
Harry Todd
Briggs (uncredited)
Fred Warren
Pianist (uncredited)
Did you know?
This film was made before the days of process screen photography, so few special effects were employed. In a testament to the actors' bravery and dedication to their craft, David Manners recalled that he and Barbara Stanwyck had to work near live lions, separated only by invisible netting. The actor said: "I could smell their breath". Similarly, during the climactic fire scene, Stanwyck had to stand amid real blazing fires, swirling smoke, and falling timbers.
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The photograph of Florence's father appears to be that of Paul Weigel.
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In a pure "pre-code" moment, we see sister Fallon's chauffeur, Lou, give Horsby "the finger" (out of Horsby's sight) immediately after Horsby warns him about what he must do to keep his job. This scene surely would have been nixed by the Hays Office had the movie been made after 1934.
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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.
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When Mrs. Higgings rushes into the dressing room to tell Florence about the 'miracle,' the shadow of the boom mic can be spotted falling across her arm.
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Florence: Outside the pulse of the world beats with hate! Hate! But here with you there is a heartbeat of love!
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Hornsby: Hiccups and Alleluiahs don't mix!
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Hornsby: Religion is great if you can sell it, no good if you give it away.
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Photos from cast
Barbara Stanwyck