6.8/10
30
1 user

Queen for a Day (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 7 July 1951 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(story "The Gossamer World"), (story "High Diver") | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Bailey ...
Jack Bailey - Program Host
Jim Morgan ...
Jim Morgan
Fort Pearson ...
Ford Pearson - Program Announcer (as Ford Pearson)
Melanie York ...
First Contestant
Cynthia Corley ...
Second Contestant
Kay Wiley ...
Third Contestant
...
Jan
Dian Fauntelle ...
Helena
...
Marjorie
...
Dan
Rudy Lee ...
Pete
Frances E. Williams ...
Anna
Joan Winfield ...
Laura
Lonnie Burr ...
Charles (as Lonny Burr)
...
Doctor
Edit

Storyline

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. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A Thrilling New HIGH in Motion Picture Magic!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 July 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Horsie  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Feature film debut of Leonard Nimoy. See more »

Goofs

An advertiser executive on the Queen For a Day program suggests that a nurse attend a live broadcast of the show on her night off, even though it's already been established that performances of the program take place during the afternoon. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Biography: Leonard Nimoy: Spock and Beyond (1996) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Very well written and acted.
22 August 2006 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This is a film about a television show. At least a television show is the starting point for the trilogy of stories that comprise the narrative. It was a television show that was originally a radio show that was very popular on radio in the forties and then moved into TV. The American public loved it. Ordinary people got the chance at a brief moment of celebrity with a chance of winning their heart's desire. A small group of women would be selected from the audience and each would describe her life and ask for something she needed. In a sense, the show was a precursor for reality shows like Jerry Springer's, although not nearly as crass. The stories were written by three of the top American writers working at the time: Dorothy Parker, John Ashworth and Faith Baldwin. They were all excellent snapshots of contemporary American life. Baldwin's story concerned a man and wife and their small son. Their lives seem idyllic until tragedy strikes. Ashworth's story is about a young man willing to place himself in extreme danger in order to make his way in the world. Parker's pen was always dipped in acid and she was never happier that when she was ridiculing the class of people she knew too well. Parker's story was entitled, "Horsie". It concerned a nurse hired as a nanny for a newborn. The family was too rich and stylish to ever attend to the mundane details of taking care of the child themselves. They poke malicious fun at their sweet, innocent, unsuspecting nanny, simply because she is unattractive and unsophisticated. She doesn't know she is the butt of their jokes and thinks they are wonderful. The story does not make fun of poor "Horsie" as they call her. It is not "Horsie" who is depicted as being pathetic. The film is perhaps sentimental to a fault but it is so well done, that doesn't matter.


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?