Paddy O'Day (1936)

75-76 mins | Comedy-drama | 17 January 1936

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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were The Immigrant, Immigrants and The Little Immigrant. According to a Var news item, dated 31 Jun 1935, this film was to be a remake of Fox's 1931 production Delicious (see entry). While the plot of this film has similarities to that of Delicious, the writers of the earlier film, Guy Bolton and Sonya Levien, were not given story credit for this film. According to a HR news item, Aaron Rosenberg, a former U.S.C. football star who became an assistant director, also appears in the film. While Pinky Tomlin's character is called "Roy Ford" throughout the film, the screen credits list the character name as "Ray Ford." ...

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The working titles of this film were The Immigrant, Immigrants and The Little Immigrant. According to a Var news item, dated 31 Jun 1935, this film was to be a remake of Fox's 1931 production Delicious (see entry). While the plot of this film has similarities to that of Delicious, the writers of the earlier film, Guy Bolton and Sonya Levien, were not given story credit for this film. According to a HR news item, Aaron Rosenberg, a former U.S.C. football star who became an assistant director, also appears in the film. While Pinky Tomlin's character is called "Roy Ford" throughout the film, the screen credits list the character name as "Ray Ford."

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
26 Oct 1935
p. 3
Film Daily
29 Oct 1935
p. 6
Hollywood Reporter
24 Aug 1935
p. 2
Hollywood Reporter
4 Sep 1935
p. 2
Hollywood Reporter
17 Sep 1935
p. 6
Hollywood Reporter
21 Sep 1935
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
26 Oct 1935
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
28 Oct 1935
p. 9
Motion Picture Herald
2 Nov 1935
p. 57
New York Times
8 Feb 1936
p. 19
Variety
31 Jun 1935
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Variety
12 Feb 1936
p. 18
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Lewis Creber
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Al De Gaetano
Film ed
COSTUMES
Helen Myron
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
DANCE
Dances staged by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Keep That Twinkle in Your Eye" and "I Like a Balalaika," words by Edward Eliscu and Sidney Clare, music by Harry Akst; "Changing My Ambitions," words and music by Pinky Tomlin and Coy Poe; "Which Is Which," words by Sidney Clare, music by Troy Sanders; "Sleep My Baby (Bauishka Bain)," Russian lullaby.
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
+
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Immigrants
The Immigrant
The Little Immigrant
Release Date:
17 January 1936
Production Date:
13394
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
17 January 1936
LP6047
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
75-76
Length(in feet):
6,800
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1665
SYNOPSIS

Paddy O'Day, an eight-year-old Irish girl, travels with her dog Tim to New York to live with her mother, a cook working for the wealthy Ford family. At Ellis Island, after the Fords' servant Benton informs immigration officer Tom McGuire that Paddy's mother died a few days earlier, McGuire tells Paddy that her mother is sick and could not come, and although he is pained by the situation, he arranges for Paddy to be sent back to Ireland. Tamara Petrovitch, an immigrant from Russia, with whom Paddy made friends on the boat, learns that Paddy's mother has died and offers to take care of her because she has no family in Ireland, but McGuire refuses. To escape the island and visit her mother, Paddy hides in a large milk container on a dairy truck and makes her way to Manhattan. After she gets into a fight with a street tough who makes fun of her Irish brogue, a sympathetic Irish cop orders a driver whom he has stopped for speeding to take Paddy to the Ford home in Southampton, where Roy Ford, a recluse whose only pleasures come from songwriting and his collection of stuffed birds, lives with his two domineering, spinster aunts, Flora and Jane. When Paddy arrives, Dora, the Fords' maid, reveals that her mother has died and convinces Benton and the other servants to hide Paddy in the house. As the two aunts pack to leave on a trip, Tim corners the Fords' cat Mathilda on top of a grandfather clock, and their subsequent chase is heard by the aunts. Paddy retrieves Tim and hides in Roy's room, where ...

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Paddy O'Day, an eight-year-old Irish girl, travels with her dog Tim to New York to live with her mother, a cook working for the wealthy Ford family. At Ellis Island, after the Fords' servant Benton informs immigration officer Tom McGuire that Paddy's mother died a few days earlier, McGuire tells Paddy that her mother is sick and could not come, and although he is pained by the situation, he arranges for Paddy to be sent back to Ireland. Tamara Petrovitch, an immigrant from Russia, with whom Paddy made friends on the boat, learns that Paddy's mother has died and offers to take care of her because she has no family in Ireland, but McGuire refuses. To escape the island and visit her mother, Paddy hides in a large milk container on a dairy truck and makes her way to Manhattan. After she gets into a fight with a street tough who makes fun of her Irish brogue, a sympathetic Irish cop orders a driver whom he has stopped for speeding to take Paddy to the Ford home in Southampton, where Roy Ford, a recluse whose only pleasures come from songwriting and his collection of stuffed birds, lives with his two domineering, spinster aunts, Flora and Jane. When Paddy arrives, Dora, the Fords' maid, reveals that her mother has died and convinces Benton and the other servants to hide Paddy in the house. As the two aunts pack to leave on a trip, Tim corners the Fords' cat Mathilda on top of a grandfather clock, and their subsequent chase is heard by the aunts. Paddy retrieves Tim and hides in Roy's room, where Tim goes after a prized stuffed bird. When Paddy gets the bird without allowing Tim to mangle it, Roy is greatly relieved. He hides Paddy when his aunts come to his door, and they leave after commanding him to remain on his vegetable diet and to keep his feet warm. Tamara and her brother Mischa, who runs the Café Petrovitch, come looking for Paddy, and Tamara convinces Roy to let Paddy live with her, because, she believes, the immigration officers would never think to look for her there. Mischa also induces Roy, who is attracted to Tamara, to put up $10,000 and become his partner in remodeling the café to put on a big stage show. Although Tamara warns Roy that Mischa's imagination often gets the best of him, Roy nonetheless is enthusiastic. Soon Roy's home is filled with live birds in cages rather than stuffed ones, and he sports a mustache and Russian outfit and drinks vodka. When his aunts return and protest, he says that his new friends are teaching him how to live, whereupon Flora and Jane faint. The day before the opening of the show, which contains songs written by Roy, his aunts learn that Tamara has been harboring Paddy. They plan to have both Paddy and Tamara deported and to commit Roy to a sanitarium until he gets over his infatuation. After the successful performance, McGuire, notified by the aunts, comes to the club to take Paddy and Tamara. Roy offers to adopt Paddy and then confesses to his aunts that he and Tamara were secretly married the day before. The aunts faint again, while Mischa talks to McGuire about investing in the club. Finally, the aunts are won over. Roy cannot kiss Tamara because the air-filled suit that he wears for the act gets in the way, so Paddy punches the air out of it.

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