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Directed by Frank Capra
USA 1931

Capra was already an established director when he began working with the incomparable Stanwyck around 1930. This adaptation of a play, derived from the life of evangelist Aimée Semple McPherson, gave her a strong role as a woman so upset by her father's death after his congregation has rejected him that she embarks upon a career as a 'miracle worker', aided by a con man (Hardy). She finally sees the error of her ways, thanks to a burgeoning relationship with a blind musician-ventriloquist. Shot in just four weeks, this is a minor miracle in itself, courtesy of Stanwyck's mesmerizing personality and Capra's infectious direction. 

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE

 

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Theatrical Release: July 20th, 1931

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DVD Review: Universal - Region 2 - PAL

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Presently only available in the Barbara Stanwyck - Screen Goddess Boxset  which includes Double Indemnity, The Lady Eve, All I Desire, The Bitter Tea of General Yen, Golden Boy and The Miracle Woman.

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Distribution Universal Home Video - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:26:24 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.36 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Universal Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Part of the Barbara Stanwyck - Screen Goddess Boxset which includes Double Indemnity, The Lady Eve, All I Desire, The Bitter Tea of General Yen, Golden Boy and The Miracle Woman and a large 12 page booklet on Barbara Stanwyck 

DVD Release Date: October 17th, 2005

Keep Case (see image above for Boxset packaging)
Chapters: 9

 

Comments:

All I can say about this film is 'WOW'. Stanwyck rules - from her first empowered speech at the pulpit to right before the final credits roll. This and The Bitter Tea of General Yen are the best reasons to purchase this wonderful boxset.

Again we have a stable progressive transfer from a grainy older print - there are some minor scratches but nothing deterred me from my enjoyment of this hypnotic film. The optional subtitles are quite poorly done again - on a black background overlapping the screen - but they are clearly visible and accurate to the dialogue. This ventures precariously into Pre-Code territory although never as far as we would like. Audio had some weakness but was consistent enough. Folks, this film blew me away.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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DVD Box Cover

   

CLICK to order from:

Presently only available in the Barbara Stanwyck - Screen Goddess Boxset  which includes Double Indemnity, The Lady Eve, All I Desire, The Bitter Tea of General Yen, Golden Boy and The Miracle Woman.

 

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Distribution Universal Home Video - Region 2 - PAL

 





 

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