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Maid for a Day (1936)

A fading Broadway entertainer takes a job as a domestic to get background for a part in a new musical.


Joseph Henabery


A. Dorian Otvos (story)


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Complete credited cast:
Grace Hayes Grace Hayes ... Grace Hayden
Peter Lind Hayes ... Freddy Hayden (as Lind Hayes)
Don Lee & Louise Don Lee & Louise
Marvin Jensen Marvin Jensen ... Marvin Jensen
The Ritz Quartette The Ritz Quartette ... The Ritz Quartette


While his roommates want to study, college student Freddy Hayden instead wants to practice to become a singing star on the radio. His roommates believe Freddy's is a foolhardy dream, until Freddy starts to tell them about his family background. He comes from a show business family. His mother, Grace Hayden, was a featured actress/singer in the Continental Follies of 1933. She, who would rather Freddy focus on his studies, currently is working as a maid on Long Island. Freddy thinks he's got his big break when, using an old contact of his mother's, gets a part in a benefit show on Long Island. That show becomes an illuminating experience for the snooty Mrs. Skinner, one of the benefit's organizers who thinks herself above "the common folk". Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Musical | Short







Release Date:

23 May 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadway Brevities (1935-1936 season) #25: Maid for a Day See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vitaphone production reels #1973-1974 See more »


Sweet Music
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Played during the opening credits
Also performed by Peter Lind Hayes in the opening scene
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Be careful...if you watch this short your brain might just explode!!!
6 November 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Times have certainly changed and today much of what's in older films is seen as politically incorrect and insulting. Often, I think folks make too much out of this, as you cannot censor a film just because of a bit of offensive content. However, in the case of "Maid for a Day", I could certainly understand someone feeling irritated with it....and if their heads exploded while they watched!

The offensive part involves a flashback where you see a stage production. The actors are all white and playing black characters but the REALLY offensive part is the curtain...complete with giant stereotypical black men with watermelons on it! Yep....it is pretty nasty!

So is the short still worth seeing? Well, first, if you cannot look past the offensive start of the film, probably not (and I'd hate to hear about your brain exploding!). And second, well, the short is pretty crappy otherwise. Like many Vitaphone shorts, the plot is scant and it's mostly a review of songs and dance numbers. Some of them are very good (the bizarre cigarette dance was actually very good) and some (the godawful impersonations) were not. Overall, view at your own risk....and if you skip it, you won't be missing much.

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