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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7 April 1947 (USA)  »

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Accadde a Brooklyn  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Piano music was played by unseen 17-year-old André Previn, who had joined MGM's music department not long before this movie was made. See more »


When Peter Lawford sits next to Kathryn Grayson, his left forearm is practically touching her right shoulder on top of the sofa. A moment later, his arm is about 12 inches away from her. See more »


Nick Lombardi: Jamie, we're having a little argument. What color are Annie's eyes?
Jamie Shellgrove: Dark Brown. But in the light they've got little golden flecks.
Danny Webson Miller: How tall is she compared to you?
Jamie Shellgrove: When she's wearing high heels, she comes to here, and low heels, to here.
Danny Webson Miller: Uh, what color nail polish does she use?
Jamie Shellgrove: None. Her hands are like a little girl's. And that perfume she uses, that's like a little girl's too... so clean and soapy. But you know the cutest thing about her? You can always tells when she's going to smile. Just a ...
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The Brooklyn Bridge
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jule Styne
Sung by Frank Sinatra
Copyright 1947 by Sinatra Songs, Inc.
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Sinatra Sings Opera!
29 May 2000 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

It occurs in the cafe scene in "It Happened in Brooklyn." Sinatra joins Katherine Grayson in the famed duet, "La ci darem la mano" from Mozart's "Don Giovanni." What a novelty--and the two don't do too badly together, though the presentation is somewhat in a buffo style.

It points up the fact that Sinatra was born to be a singer; indeed, if he'd been endowned with an operatic vocal instrument, he probably would have been an opera singer. In fact, when he was coming out of his Palm Springs "retirement" to return to the stage, he reportedly got Met Opera baritone Robert Merrill to coach him. And in his latter days, became quite of fan and friend of Pavarotti and the "other two tenors." He also recorded Brahm's "Lullaby," (which he featured in "Anchors Aweigh") and an impressive "Soliloquy" from "Carosel."

There's just no doubt about it: the man loved to sing. In his second major musical for MGM, "It Happened in Brooklyn" Sinatra solos in some marvelous songs by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn, including "Time After Time," "It's the Same Old Dream," and "The Brooklyn Bridge," while Grayson reprises the first and is featured in the complete "Bell Song" from Delibes' opera, "Lakme." Grayson is also featured in an novel arrangement based on Bach's "Two-Part Invention in F Major," featuring a children's choir and strings. Other delights are "I Believe" and "It's Gotta Come from the Heart," in which the "Ol' Snazolla," Jimmy Durante, joins Frankie for a comic romp.

With all these tunful treats, plus fine support from Peter Lawford and Gloria Graham, one would think this musical were a blockbuster. Not really so, surprisingly. It seems to be a case of the parts not quite equalling the whole. However, it's still a personal favorite, as these musical selections are just plain fun to hear and enjoy. So "It Happened in Brooklyn" is a staple in my video collection, which I replay with great pleasure and downright good fun.

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