Four women, each with a sob story, vie to become "Queen for a Day."




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Gene Baker ...
 Himself - Announcer (3 episodes, 1954-1958)

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"Would you like to be Queen for a Day?!" Host Jack Bailey would bellow out those words before each program, to which the entire audience would reply: "YES!" Four women, each having a sob story to tell, told Bailey why they believed they should be crowned the show's "Queen." Usually, each contestant asked for a merchandise prize, such as a washer and dryer. After all four stories were told, the audience determined the winner by applause (determined via the "applause meter"). The winner won her prizes, plus was bedecked in a sable-trimmed red velvet robe and jeweled crown. Interspersed between the contestants' stories was fashion commentary. Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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3 January 1956 (USA)  »

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Despite its long run, less than 10 episodes survive of this popular series. Please check your attic. See more »


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30 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My grandmother was a contestant and winner on this show on December 10 (unknown year), and at the request of my dad, a lot of our family is wondering if anyone has a recording of an episode with Johnnie Sue Howard/Johnnie Sue Bower or as they might have called her on the show Mrs. Charles W. Bower.

  • from a newspaper article; "...the master of ceremonies Jack Bailey,
not only presented Mrs. Bower with an electric sewing machine, but many other gifts including a refrigerator, a chrome dinette set, a vacuum cleaner, a deep fat fryer, an electric mixer, a set of dishes, a set of silver, a necklace and bracelet, a watch, a new outfit of clothes and toys for her little daughter and four dozen red roses. Her hair was styled at an exclusive hair salon and she and her husband were the dinner guests of Harry Mynatt at the Coconut Grove in Hollywood's largest hotel, The Ambassador." - Mary Fisher

She died a couple years after she aired on the show, so to see footage of her would delight many members of our family. This show was a great opportunity for families who genuinely used these items to improve their quality of life.

My grandmother ended up winning the sewing machine which she used to repair her veteran of war husband's pants (he wore a back brace which constantly wore his pants out)and any other garments in the family. Back then these were "depression era" families who understood means of "saving" "re-using" and "conserving".

If anyone has this episode, please contact me at we'd all love to get a copy.

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