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Queen for a Day

Queen for a Day(1951)

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Brief Synopsis

The film was based on the popular daytime Mutual Broadcasting Company radio program that originated from New York on April 30, 1945 as "Queen For Today" and moved to Hollywood a few months later as "Queen For A Day", with Jack Bailey, former vaudeville music man and World's Fair barker, as the emcee host. The five-times-a-week, thirty minute doses spun over to television and lasted into the 70's. Bailey, in pre-airing interviews with audience members, would select 3-4 contestants who would pour out their (mostly pitiful) hearts explaining why they deserved to be Queen For A Day, and the audience selected the winner. The movie version was comprised of three short story segments which led some character to the television program.

Cast & Crew

Arthur Lubin Director
Phyllis Avery Marjorie [Watkins]
Darren McGavin Dan [Watkins]
Rudy Lee Pete [Watkins]
George Sherwood Mr. Garmes
Adam Williams Chunk [Frank Nalawak]
Kasia Orzazewski Mrs. [Marisa] Nalawak

Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  World premiere in Waycross, GA: 14 Apr 1951
Release Date:  1951 Production Date:  LC
FDA 6400-01
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  United Artist Corp.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Robert Stillman Productions, Inc.
Duration(mins):  106-107 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  9,646 or 9,647    
Duration(reels):  11    

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  • Mother on Queen for a Day, never met her

    Bob 2010-01-01

    My mother was on Queen for a Day during the first half of 1951. In 1959 I was born and she gave me up for adoption. I met my biological family in... MORE>

  • Need Help finding and episode

    Kim Harris 2008-04-04

    My Mother was on Queen for a day sometime between the years of 1958 and 1963. My Mother passed away in 1976 when I was 13 and I was hoping to find... MORE>