It Happened in Brooklyn (1947)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  7 April 1947 (USA)
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Danny has been in the army for 4 years, yet all he thinks about is Brooklyn and how great it is. When he returns after the war, he soon finds that Brooklyn is not so nice after all. He is ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Anne Fielding
Jamie Shellgrove
Nick Lombardi
Marcy McGuire ...
Rae Jakobi
Aubrey Mather ...
Digby John
Tamara Shayne ...
Mrs. Kardos
William Roy ...
Leo Kardos (as Billy Roy)
Bobby Long ...
Johnny O'Brien
William Haade ...
Police Sergeant


Danny has been in the army for 4 years, yet all he thinks about is Brooklyn and how great it is. When he returns after the war, he soon finds that Brooklyn is not so nice after all. He is able to share a place with Nick, the janitor of his old High School, and get a job as a singer in a music store. He also meets Leo, a talented pianist and his teacher Anne, whose dream is to singing Opera. When Jamie arrives from England, Danny tries to show him the Brooklyn experience and help him compose modern swing music. Together, these four also try to help Leo get the Brooklyn Music scholarship. Written by Tony Fontana <>

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Release Date:

7 April 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Accadde a Brooklyn  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Throughout Frank Sinatra's early career much was made of the fact that he was very skinny. They make a little fun of his weight in this movie. During the song "I Believe" in the gym Frank walks up a teeter-totter and, when he reaches the high end, it remains up until Jimmy Durante tosses him a baseball. When he catches the baseball the high end descends, implying that the baseball weighed more than Frank. See more »


While in Dobson's music store, Frank Sinatra plays the piano and sings a love song. After the song is over he turns to face the students who were listening to him. The knot on his neck tie has changed its pattern. See more »


Danny Webson Miller: Why is anyone in love with anyone?
Nick Lombardi: There's a lot of reasons like, for example, you like her eyes or something.
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La ci darem la mano
from the opera "Don Giovanni"
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
Sung by Kathryn Grayson and Frank Sinatra
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It Happened in Brooklyn-Only in My Borough ***1/2
12 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wonderful film with a stellar cast.

Frank Sinatra and Peter Lawford shine as two quiet buddies who return to Brooklyn after World War 11 service in England. Actually, it's a first trip to Brooklyn.

The film is so endearing due to its themes of clinging to your aspirations. Sinatra finds Kathryn Grayson and falls in love, but when she introduces Lawford to him, you know the rest.

Jimmy Durante plays a rather subdued custodian in a school where Grayson teaches music. She is down as she wants an operatic career.

The film is lifting when she and the 3 guys all join forces to make sure that a poorly financed student, who is brilliant at the piano, can continue his musical education after college. In Hollywood tradition, they succeed. Tamara Shayne shows her usual earthy appealing as the boy's mother.

Sinatra belts out Time After Time and Grayson's operatic scene is memorable.

This film is definitely heartwarming and a joy to watch.

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