Modest, Loyal Wives and Mothers Talk about their Families on 50’s TV Show Queen for a Day (Video)

Queen for a Day was a hugely popular daytime TV show for women in the 1950s.


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.

This video shows exactly how much we’ve lost as our morality has plunged into the sewer. The women featured on the show you see were the last of their kind.

I salute them for their good morals and their lovely femininity.

6 thoughts on “Modest, Loyal Wives and Mothers Talk about their Families on 50’s TV Show Queen for a Day (Video)

  1. Pingback: Modest, Loyal Wives and Mothers Talk about their Families on 50’s TV Show Queen for a Day (Video) | Afro Futurism

  2. Not for one minute do I believe these women are as wimpy as they appear. They were coached to elicit sympathy from the audience. The best actress wins. The last one looks like she could beat the devil out of someone. Probably splits logs and works on cars.

    The problem I see with these women is feigned helplessness. They could have gotten bunk beds or wood and a gurney free from the church mostly likely they attend. What they really want are the prizes…the dresses, iron, perfume, shoes, etc.

    I think Jane Wyatt’s character in ‘Father Knows Best’ and Donna Reed in ‘Donna Reed’ exemplify what is admirable about the 50’s woman. Morals, values, intelligence, feminine, and capability to get things done.

    • The prizes were modest by today’s standards. Everybody owns that stuff now. Our immediate white ancestors were poor to a degree, but still we are demonized by the term “white privilege.”

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