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Fifth Avenue Girl (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 22 September 1939 (USA)
Rich industrialist Walter Connolly feels unwanted by his wife and children so he hires unemployed Ginger Rogers to pose as his mistress.

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Troubled with union problems in his business and lonely on his birthday because his wife, Martha, is out with a playboy, millionaire Timothy Borden meets unemployed and hungry Mary Grey in a park and convinces her to help him celebrate at a nightclub. Much to his surprise the following morning, Mary has slept in the guest room for the night. Not unmindful that Martha's interest in Timothy seems renewed, he hires Mary to stay at the house as an employee and they go out on the town virtually every night. Mary meanwhile has a positive effect on other members of the household: daughter Katherine is in love with Michael, the communism-spouting chauffeur, and seeks her advice; and son Tim is forced to take over the neglected business to keep it from running downhill, which Timothy had been trying unsuccessfully to get him to do. Complications arise when Tim falls in love with Mary, but is bothered by the affair he perceives she is having with his father. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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From park bench to parkside mansion in a riot of romantic complications and Hi-Hat Hilarity!

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Comedy | Romance

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Fifth Avenue Girl  »

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The original ending of the movie just had Mary Grey leaving the Borden House, walking down Fifth Avenue, but the sneak preview audience complained at what it considered an unhappy ending. So the ending was changed to its current form, which essentially made it more palatable. See more »

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Mr. Borden: [after hearing an apple is her dinner] Are you on a diet?
Mary Grey: Yes, but against my wishes.
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The opening credits are on street-sign like sign boards attached to the street light posts in New York City. See more »

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The Washington Post
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Music by John Philip Sousa
Played at band concert
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A funny, timeless thinking person's movie.

The first time I watched this movie, I thought it was just okay. The second time it was pretty good, and after the third time it was very good. The story has so many setup concepts that it is easy to miss them the first few times one watches it. Gregory La Cava is one of the all time great directors. La Cava is probably one of the few directors to shoot movies in the sequence of the story rather than in planned location setups. It cost the studio more money, but it enabled the cast to give better performances, as it seemed to them they were doing a play instead of a movie. The comments in the movie about communism, capitalism, sexual mores, factory workers and almost any other facet of society are timeless. We all have the same problems and feelings now and probably will in the next century. And along with all the "thinking" the movie is very funny and has a lot of low key but erotic sexual tension. P.S. The movies of "A Star is Born," were based somewhat on La Cava's life. The very first version of "A Star is Born," was called "What Price Hollywood."


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