Every Day's a Holiday (1937 film)

Every Day's a Holiday (1937) is a comedy film starring and co-written by Mae West, directed by A. Edward Sutherland, and released by Paramount Pictures. The film, released on December 18, 1937, also starred Edmund Lowe, Charles Winninger, and Charles Butterworth. This was West's last film under her Paramount contract, after which she went on to make My Little Chickadee (1940) for Universal Pictures and The Heat's On (1943) for Columbia Pictures.

Every Day's a Holiday
Theatrical release poster
Directed byA. Edward Sutherland
Produced byEmanuel Cohen
Screenplay byMae West
StarringMae West
Edmund Lowe
Charles Butterworth
Charles Winninger
Walter Catlett
Lloyd Nolan
CinematographyKarl Struss
Edited byRay Curtiss
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • December 18, 1937 (1937-12-18)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States


In turn-of-the-century New York City, con artist Peaches O'Day (West) gets into trouble with the law for trying to sell the Brooklyn Bridge, but Jim McCarey (Lowe), a police captain, likes her enough that he lets her off with a promise from Peaches to leave town.[1] She hatches a scheme instead with the wealthy Van Doon (Winninger) and butler Graves (Butterworth) to perform as a singer, calling herself Fifi, disguised in a black wig.

Quade (Lloyd Nolan), a chief of police with political ambitions, makes a pass at "Fifi" and is rejected. In anger, he orders the club closed. Capt. McCarey refuses and becomes Quade's rival, even persuaded to run against him for mayor.

Before giving a speech at Madison Square Garden during the campaign, McCarey is kidnapped. He escapes just in time and the publicity is helpful in his election victory. It turns out that Peaches planned the whole thing, resulting in a romantic relationship with the new mayor of New York.


The film was nominated an Academy Award for Best Art Direction by Wiard Ihnen.[2][3]



  1. Cohen, Gabriel (November 27, 2005). "For You, Half Price". New York Times. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  2. "NY Times: Every Day's a Holiday". NY Times. Archived from the original on October 17, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2008.
  3. "The 10th Academy Awards (1938) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved May 22, 2019.

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