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17 January 1936 (USA) See more »
Withers is an immigrant who learns on arrival in the U.S. that her mother is dead. Friends help her survive as an entertainer... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Jane Withers ... Paddy O'Day
Pinky Tomlin ... Roy Ford

Rita Hayworth ... Tamara Petrovitch (as Rita Cansino)

Jane Darwell ... Dora
George Givot ... Mischa Petrovitch
Francis Ford ... Immigration Officer Tom McGuire
Vera Lewis ... Aunt Flora
Louise Carter ... Aunt Jane
Russell Simpson ... Benton
Michael Visaroff ... Popushka Petrovitch
Nina Visaroff ... Momushka Petrovitch
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Demetrius Alexis ... Russian Musician (uncredited)
Sherwood Bailey ... Street Boy (uncredited)
Egon Brecher ... Russian Musician (uncredited)
Tommy Bupp ... Street Boy (uncredited)
Harvey Clark ... Ship's Doctor (uncredited)
Russ Clark ... New York Traffic Policeman (uncredited)

Ruth Clifford ... Mrs. Right - First Class Passenger (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Motorist (uncredited)
Robert Dudley ... Robert - Chauffeur (uncredited)
Larry Fisher ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Charles Anthony Hughes ... Cop (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... Ship's Officer (uncredited)
Jane Keckley ... Maid (uncredited)
Myra Marsh ... Matron (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Club Patrovitch Patron (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Immigration Officer Tom Wilson (uncredited)
Richard Powell ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Jessie Pringle ... Immigrant Woman (uncredited)
Evelyn Selbie ... Immigrant Woman (uncredited)
Leonid Snegoff ... Russian Musician (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Mr. Wright - First Class Passenger (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Milkman's Helper on Dock (uncredited)
Harry Watson ... Street Boy (uncredited)
Clarence Wilson ... Lawyer Brewster (uncredited)

Directed by
Lewis Seiler 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lou Breslow 
Edward Eliscu 
Sonya Levien  story

Produced by
Sol M. Wurtzel .... producer
Original Music by
Samuel Kaylin (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Arthur C. Miller 
Film Editing by
Alfred DeGaetano 
Art Direction by
Duncan Cramer 
Lewis H. Creber  (as Lewis Creber)
Costume Design by
Helen A. Myron  (as Helen Myron)
Makeup Department
Ern Westmore .... makeup artist
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound recordist (as Al Bruzlin)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Music Department
Samuel Kaylin .... musical director
Vinton Vernon .... music recordist
Emil Gerstenberger .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Fanchon .... choreographer

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73 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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The following is from "Weekly Variety" magazine: "Rita Cansino comes along nicely in this, though she is better known as a dancer than a player. She has two dance bits, both Russian, the last on a tasteful production number that actually fits the stage on which it's supposed to be played!"See more »
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Quite enjoyable even though it has one song too many., 22 March 2014
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"Paddy O'Day" is an enjoyable Jane Withers film from MGM. However, I could see folks today thinking this is a bit too old fashioned and schmaltzy--but I don't mind old fashioned and schmaltzy!

The film begins as a ship from Europe is about to dock at Ellis Island. A young girl, Paddy (Withers) is excited as she'll soon see her mother. However, unknown to Paddy, her mother had recently died! However, the immigration officers didn't tell her that--they told her that her mother was very sick. So, while awaiting deportation back to her native Ireland, Paddy sneaks off in search of her mother.

The trail leads to a mansion where a nerdy ornithologist and his dried up old aunts live. However, instead of returning her to Ellis Island, the servants like the child and hide her. Later, after the grouchy aunts leave, she is discovered by the nerdy Mr. Ford--and he takes an instant liking for the girl.

What's next? Well, see the film--and see this adorable child as well as a very young Rita Cansino (later, given a huge makeover and rechristened Rita Hayworth). My only complaint about this cute film is that it has a few songs too many. Still, clever writing and a really nice job by Jane and Pinky Tomlin (as Mr. Ford) make this one well worth seeing.

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