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Paddy the Next Best Thing (1933 film)

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Paddy the Next Best Thing
Directed byHarry Lachman
Written byEdwin J. Burke
Based onPaddy the Next Best Thing by Gertrude Page
Produced byWinfield R. Sheehan
StarringJanet Gaynor
Warner Baxter
Walter Connolly
CinematographyJohn F. Seitz
Edited byMargaret Clancey
Music byLouis De Francesco
Fox Film Corporation
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • September 1, 1933 (1933-09-01)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States

Paddy the Next Best Thing is a 1933 American pre-Code romantic comedy film directed by Harry Lachman and starring Janet Gaynor, Warner Baxter and Walter Connolly. The screenplay was written by Edwin J. Burke, based on the 1912 novel Paddy the Next Best Thing by Gertrude Page and its later stage adaptation, which had previously been made into a 1923 British silent film of the same title. The film reteamed Gaynor and Baxter who had starred together in the 1931 hit Daddy Long Legs.


Impoverished Irish landowner Major Adair pushes his eldest daughter Eileen to marry the wealthy Lawrence Blake in order to pay off his debts, despite the fact that she is in love with another man. However Adair's younger daughter Paddy falls for Blake herself, and schemes to order events to everybody's happiness.



The film was one of Fox's biggest hits of the year.[1]


  1. ^ D. W. (Nov 25, 1934). "TAKING A LOOK AT THE RECORD". New York Times. ProQuest 101193306.
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