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Fifth Avenue Girl (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 22 September 1939 (USA)
Feeling unwanted by his wife and children, a wealthy industrialist hires an unemployed young woman 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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22 September 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fifth Avenue Girl  »

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$607,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to studio records, this film made RKO a profit of $314,000 (over $5.4M in 2016). See more »

Quotes

Tim Borden: I don't know anything about pumps!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are on street-sign like sign boards attached to the street light posts in New York City. See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Whistled and Sung a cappella by Walter Connolly
Played and sung at the nightclub
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A good screenplay, but the casting was poor.
16 March 1999 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

Ginger Rogers seemed to mumble listlessly through a part she didn't like. Tim Holt seemed too immature for the romantic lead and has no chemistry with Ginger. These items detracted from the good screenplay, which has Ginger hired by millionaire Walter Connolly to stay at his house and sort of straighten out his family. It was almost like "My Man Godfrey" (also directed by Gregory La Cava) with the sex roles interchanged, but it was not nearly as good, and certainly did not come close to the pairing of William Powell and Carole Lombard.

Preview comments played a big part in studio decisions in those days. The ending in the film was changed to the one you see after preview audiences panned the original, less happy ending.


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