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It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 19 April 1947 (USA)
A homeless New Yorker moves into a mansion and along the way he gathers friends to live in the house with him. Before he knows it, he is living with the actual home owners.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Everett Freeman (screen play), Vick Knight (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Don DeFore ... Jim Bullock
Ann Harding ... Mary O'Connor
Charles Ruggles ... Michael J. O'Connor (as Charlie Ruggles)
Victor Moore ... Aloysius T. McKeever
Gale Storm ... Trudy O'Connor
Grant Mitchell ... Farrow
Edward Brophy ... Cecil Felton
Alan Hale Jr. ... Whitey Temple
Dorothea Kent ... Margie Temple
Edward Ryan Edward Ryan ... Hank (as Edward Ryan Jr.)
Cathy Carter Cathy Carter ... Alice
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Storyline

Every winter, Michael J. O'Connor, the second richest man in the world, vacates his 5th Avenue mansion for his winter home in warmer climes. Every winter, Aloysius T. McKeever, a homeless man, and his dog moves into vacated mansions. This particular winter, McKeever meets Jim Bullock, an army veteran who has recently been evicted from his apartment and offers to share the mansion with him. It's not long before the mansion has a few more guests, including two of Jim's army buddies and their wives and children; runaway heiress Trudy Connor; her mother and even Michael J. O'Connor, himself. Written by L. Hamre

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It's Happer Than Heaven ... the Hit of '47! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 April 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It Happened on Fifth Avenue See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In 1910, Victor Moore starred in George M. Cohan's "Forty Five Minutes From Broadway" in which the song "Mary Is A Grand Old Name" made it's debut. This song is used several times in the movie. See more »

Goofs

Alice recounts her proposal 7 years earlier at a Gregory Peck film. Peck's first film was 1944, only 3 years before the movie is set. See more »

Quotes

Gates Patrolman Cecil Felton: Moitle's a great little woman. We've been married 22 years. She ain't never laid a fist on me except in a self defense.
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Connections

Remade as Lux Video Theatre: It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Wonderful Wonderful Feeling
Lyrics by Harry Revel
Music by Harry Revel
Performed by The King's Men then
Performed by Gale Storm, Don DeFore and Victor Moore
[Sung over the main titles/opening credits, then later as Trudy, Jim and Mac are walking through the park arm in arm in running into Mike]
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This charming delight now on DVD
28 April 2009 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

In 1946 Monogram Pictures decided to upgrade their image by creating a new bigger budget style of film and presenting them by new in-house section ALLIED ARTISTS..... and this delicious humane film was their second big budget outing. IT HAPPENED ON 5TH AVENUE has been mostly lost to TV and cinema goers for over 40 years and now it is available on WB label DVD.... The first Allied Artisis film was BLACK GOLD which also wonderfully humane and kind shows what a focus on viable films they embarked upon. IT HAPPENED ON 5TH AVENUE is a very funny and witty and ultimately wise family comedy about how a group of genuinely homeless people (in every sense of the word) re discover their home and family. As a Christmas movie it is terrific...and there are some hilarious sequences, notably an old tailor who delivers an uproarious monologue about moths and a waiter in a restaurant trying to set a table from wobbling (while Ted FioRito plays the violin). With a perfect cast for each role and the $1.4m budget resulting spectacularly well decorated and very elaborate sets, this Monogram-Allied Artists film must have been a box office bonanza. Other films they made in this period that reflected their new image are THE GANGSTER and SUSPENSE both equally compelling, well made and worth a DVD release soon.... what a find IT HAPPENED ON 5TH AVENUE is and presented in a spotless gleaming DVD. I really applaud WB for releasing this charming humane and delicious film. Nominated for an Oscar for script, it should have also been nominated for Victor Moore's wry turn as the hilarious hobo who secretly babysits mansions while their owners go to another house for their holiday. Gale Storm is gorgeous and her clothes - as are all the qualities of this well made film - peppered with Blake Edwards' added sight gags - are A grade.


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