Directed by Frank Capra • 1931 • United States
Starring Barbara Stanwyck, David Manners, Sam Hardy
A subversive, still-potent indictment of religious hypocrisy, THE MIRACLE WOMAN stars Barbara Stanwyck as Florence Fallon, a disillusioned preacher’s daughter who turns her back on the church to become a phony faith healer, profiting off the public appetite for salvation by staging spectacular, circus-like rallies (complete with lions). When she falls in love with a young blind man (David Manners), Florence’s cynical worldview is challenged by his simple faith. A not-so-thinly-veiled take on the life of controversial evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, THE MIRACLE WOMAN is one of Frank Capra’s darkest and most complex works.