Paddy O'Day

Overview

Eight year old Paddy O'Day (Jane Withers) arrives at Ellis Island after a long sea voyage from Ireland, to be with her mother. But her mother is nowhere to be found when the ship docks, and the authorities are notified that Mrs. O'Day has died, only a few days ago -- the little girl will have to be sent back. Paddy has only been told that her mother is ill, and manages to sneak out off the island. After encountering a group of street urchins who try to make trouble for her -- and proving that she's got what it ...
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Overview

Eight year old Paddy O'Day (Jane Withers) arrives at Ellis Island after a long sea voyage from Ireland, to be with her mother. But her mother is nowhere to be found when the ship docks, and the authorities are notified that Mrs. O'Day has died, only a few days ago -- the little girl will have to be sent back. Paddy has only been told that her mother is ill, and manages to sneak out off the island. After encountering a group of street urchins who try to make trouble for her -- and proving that she's got what it takes to take care of herself -- she makes her way to the large mansion on Long Island where her mother works, and learns the truth. The home is owned by Roy Ford (Pinky Tomlin), a studious upper-class bird fancier who has been browbeaten into life as an eccentric collector of stuffed birds by his two overbearing aunts (Vera Lewis, Louise Carter) -- their intention is to notify the authorities if Paddy shows up. But the servants, led by kindly maid Jane Darwell and initially unwilling butler Russell Simpson, decide to hide the child in the house while the aunts are away. Paddy chances to meet Roy, who takes a liking to her and decides to try and help her as well -- and when Paddy's very pretty shipboard friend Tamara Petrovich (Rita Cansino) shows up, along with her restauranteur cousin Mischa (George Givot), he starts to really come out of his shell. Mischa and Tamara will hide the little girl, and Mischa -- with help from a beverage new to Roy, called vodka -- convinces the young millionaire that there is a future in investing in his establishment. Roy likes the loosening up effect that vodka has on him, and also likes even more being around Tamara, and he soon becomes a new man -- not only a partner in the business, but a performer in the stage show that Mischa works up for his now-expanded restaurant
ight club, which includes Paddy along with Tamara. But Roy's aunts have returned home, and are as appalled by their nephew's new, joyful approach to life as they are by his apparent infatuation with an immigrant girl and her family. They hire an investigator (Clarence H. Wilson) to try to prove that Roy is mentally incompetent, and he soon discovers that the little Irish waif working in the act is in the United States illegally, a fact that, once reported to the authorities, will get not only get Paddy deported by Tamara as well.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Paddy O'Day is one of those movies that, in its own unassuming away, sings the praises of the Hollywood studio system, and all the louder eight decades on than it did when released in 1935. On the one hand, it's modestly budgeted "B" picture, intended to entertain -- which it apparently did with eminent success in its own time; on the other, it shows how good even a modest little B-picture could be. Jane Withers is a delight as the plucky little Irish girl, left orphaned as she arrives at Ellis Island with her little dog hidden in a basket -- she might never have been in Shirley Temple's league as a star attraction, but her tougher, less overtly, cloyingly "cute" persona wear better today; Withers played a kind of waif who was a bit ahead of her time. She's helped immeasurably by a script that is only overly sweet and sentimental at strategic moments, and which manages to work into its fabric subtexts about the role that immigrants -- legal and otherwise -- have played in building and revitalizing America, generation by generation, and a secondary story about repression and awakening, personal and sexual. The latter element, played out by the characters portrayed by Pinky Tomlin and 17-year-old Rita Cansino (later to change her name to Rita Hayworth), in her first acting role, is essential to resolving the arc of the story of Paddy, and nicely interwoven, with Cansino not only cutting a compelling figure as a dancer but doing quite well her first time out as an actress. Director Lewis Seiler handles the action, suspense, and comedy equally well, and the movie -- despite being made in Hollywood -- even manages to conjure up a decent (if not wholly convincing) New York City ambience where it needs to, through the careful intercutting of stock footage that's all the more precious today for its vision of the city circa 1935. Paddy O'Day is not a great picture by any stretch of the imagination, but it's a great account of the kind of good entertainment with a heart and some interesting messages that the best Hollywood studios could generate while running virtually on auto-pilot in the 1930's, and a fine showcase for Withers and a young Hayworth.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2013
  • UPC: 024543878247
  • Original Release: 1935
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Mod
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:13:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 50,393

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Withers Paddy O'Day
Pinky Tomlin Ray Ford
Jane Darwell Dora
George Givot Mischa
Francis Ford Immigration Officer
Vera Lewis Aunt Flora Ford
Louise Carter Aunt Jane Ford
Russell Simpson Benton Butler
Michael Visaroff Popushka Petrovitch
Nina Visaroff Momushka Petrovitch
Demetrius Alexis Russian Musicians
Sherwood Bailey
Egon Brecher
Tommy Bupp
Harvey Clark Ship's Doctor
Russ Clark New York Traffic Policeman
Ruth Clifford
Hal K. Dawson Motorist
Robert Dudley Chauffeur
Larry Fisher Truck Driver
Rita Hayworth Tamara Petrovitch
Selmar Jackson
Jane Keckley Maid
Myra Marsh Matron
Pat O'Malley Wilson
Richard Powell Taxi Driver
Jessie Pringle
Evelyn Selbie Immigrant Woman
Leonid Snegoff
Larry Steers First Class Passenger
Harry Watson Street Boy
Clarence H. Wilson Brewster
Technical Credits
Lewis Seiler Director
Lou Breslow Screenwriter
Alfred de Gaetano Editor
Edward Eliscu Screenwriter
Fanchon Choreography
Samuel Kaylin Musical Direction/Supervision
Arthur C. Miller Cinematographer
Helen A. Myron Costumes/Costume Designer
Ern Westmore Makeup
Sol Wurtzel Producer
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