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Hosts

Ken Murray (1945)
Jack Bailey (1945-1964)
Dick Curtis (1969-1970)
Monty Hall (1987)
Mo'Nique (2004)

Sub-Hosts

Ben Alexander
Steve Dunne
Jack Smith
Dennis Day
Don DeFore
Walter O'Keefe

Models

Barbara Lyon
Beverly Sassoon
Maxine Reeves
Darlene Stuart
Dorene Georgeson

Announcers
Gene Baker
John Harlan
Carl King
Broadcast
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Mutual Radio (Daily): 4/30/1945 - 1955
Don Lee Network: 1948 - 1955 (simulcast with radio version)
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Queen for a Day
NBC Daytime: 1/3/1956 - 9/2/1960
ABC Daytime: 9/5/1960 - 10/2/1964
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Syndication: 9/18/1969 - 9/18/1970
Lifetime Special: 5/27/2004
Packagers

John Masterson Productions (1945-1964)
The Raymond R. Morgan Company (1956-1958)
Queen for a Day Inc. (1958-1964)
Metromedia Productions (1969-1970)
The Gurin Company (2004)

Distributors
Metromedia Productions (1969-1970)

Queen for a Day was an American game show, created and executive produced by John Masterson. It ran on NBC daytime from 1956 to 1960, then moved to ABC, where it continued until 1964.

FormatEdit

The show opened with host Jack Bailey asking the audience—mostly women—"Would YOU like to be Queen for a day?" After this, the contestants were introduced and interviewed, one at a time, with commercials and fashion commentary interspersed between each contestant.

Using the classic applause meter, as did many game and hit-parade style shows of the time, Queen for a Day had its own special twist: each contestant had to talk publicly about the recent financial and emotional hard times she had been through. The applause meter had also been used on earlier series, including Fred Allen's Judge for Yourself a variety and game show which aired on NBC from 1953-1954.

Bailey began each interview gently, asking the contestant first about her life and family, and maintaining a positive and upbeat response no matter what she told him. For instance, when a woman said she had a crippled child, he would ask if her second child was "Okay." On learning that the second child was not crippled, he might say, "Well, that's good, you have one healthy child."

The interview would climax with Bailey asking the contestant what she needed most and why she wanted to win the title of Queen for a Day. Often the request was for medical care or therapeutic equipment to help a chronically ill child, but sometimes it was as simple as the need for a hearing aid, a new washing machine, or a refrigerator. Many women broke down sobbing as they described their plights, and Bailey was always quick to comfort them and offer a clean white handkerchief to dry their eyes.

The harsher the circumstances under which the contestant labored, the likelier the studio audience was to ring the applause meter's highest level. The winner, to the musical accompaniment of "Pomp and Circumstance", would be draped in a sable-trimmed red velvet robe, given a glittering jeweled crown to wear, placed on a velvet-upholstered throne, and handed a dozen long-stemmed roses to hold as she wept, often uncontrollably, while her list of prizes was announced.

The prizes, many of which were donated by sponsoring companies, began with the necessary help the woman had requested, but built from there. They might include a variety of extras, such as a vacation trip, a night on the town with her husband, silver-plated flatware, an array of kitchen appliances, or a selection of fashion clothing. The losing contestants were each given smaller prizes; no one went away from the show without a meaningful gift.

Fashion CommentatorsEdit

Jeanne Cagney (1956-1964)
Nancy Myers (1969-1970)

Substitutes
Joan Leslie
Lois January
Jean Bartel
Marilyn Hare

TicketEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Bailey's trademark sign-off was "This is Jack Bailey, wishing we could make every woman a queen, for every single day!"
  • Mark Evanier, veteran television writer, has dubbed the show "one of the most ghastly shows ever produced" and further stated it was "tasteless, demeaning to women, demeaning to anyone who watched it, cheap, insulting and utterly degrading to the human spirit."
  • Barry & Enright Productions and Fries Distribution attempted to revive Queen for a Day in 1987 with Monty Hall as host, but with no success.

LinksEdit

Article about the Lifetime remake

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