Screen Test of Time, Ep. 33: Lady for a Day
Screen Test of Time is a podcast where Suzan Eraslan and David Daw set out to watch every movie ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, in order, from the first awards season to, eventually, the present day. Each week, they watch and review a different movie, and when they've watched everything nominated in a particular year, they tell you whether the Oscar went to the right one!
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Lady for a Day is an almost entirely delightful rags-to-sort-of-riches fairytale with a brilliant ensemble cast of at the time relative unknowns. After a quick discussion of the Academy's upcoming addition of the Best Popular Film category, Suzan and David mostly rave about the first Frank Capra movie to be nominated for Best Picture... mostly. But unfortunately, like too many of these 1930s movies, its rating is brought down by an inexplicably random scene of unconnected racism leaving our hosts to wonder-- will any movie in the '30s manage to pass this part of the Screen Test of Time?
Year Eligible: 1932/1933 (Nominated)
Music: "I Want a Man" performed by Glenda Farrell and additional music from Lady for a Day (1933)